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Help identify a poem -- Timothy Mc Veigh's curious choice

Posted by MMazzucco on September 06, 2002

In Reply to: Help identify a poem posted by Woodchuck on September 05, 2002

: : I am trying to find a poem that I vaguely remember memorizing in high school years ago. I want to send it to my daughter in college. The lines I can recall go something like:

: : "It matters not how straight the path, how charred with punishment the scroll, I am the master of my destiny, captain of my fate."

: : Can anyone help me find this poem?

: "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."

: I've provided a link to the poem at Bartleby.

I believe the poem was also Timothy mc Veigh's choice as his "last words" before receiving the injection. Not that it matters, really, but it's curious how this "crazy mass-murderer psychopath" who's in a big hurry to die was also anything but illiterate.

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