William Ernest Henley
On August 22, 1992 the FBI laid siege to Ruby Ridge, murdering Randy
Weaver's wife, Vikki, 14 year old son, Randy Jr., and killing the family dog.
On April 19, 1993 the FBI laid waste the religious cult Branch Davidian
Compound at Waco, Texas, killing 76 followers including 20 children
On April 19, 1995, the 2nd anniversary of the Waco tragedy,
the Alfred P. Murrah Building in Oklahoma City was car bombed,
causing 168 deaths, many of whom were children.
On June 11, 2001 Timothy McVeigh was executed for his heinous
Oklahomian terrorist act. For his last words he quoted the Henley poem.
Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.
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.