Sunday, April 19, 2015

Who is the captain of your soul - you or Christ? Orson Whitney's response to Invictus

Who is your master? 

Here is the last verse of William Ernest Henley's famous poem “Invictus,” 

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate.
I am the captain of my soul.

And then a half-century later, Elder Orson F. Whitney replied with this: 

Art thou in truth? Then what of him
Who bought thee with his blood?
Who plunged into devouring seas
And snatched thee from the flood?
Who bore for all our fallen race
What none but him could bear.—
The God who died that man might live,
And endless glory share?
Of what avail thy vaunted strength,
Apart from his vast might?
Pray that his Light may pierce the gloom,
That thou mayest see aright.
Men are as bubbles on the wave,
As leaves upon the tree.
Thou, captain of thy soul, forsooth!
Who gave that place to thee?
Free will is thine—free agency,
To wield for right or wrong;
But thou must answer unto him
To whom all souls belong.
Bend to the dust that head “unbowed,”
Small part of Life’s great whole!
And see in him, and him alone,
The Captain of thy soul.

See Dallin H. Oaks, “What Think Ye of Christ?” Ensign, November 1988.

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