And so the Diary ends …….

……… with this poemPoem on last page of Diary

Life and Death

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 or 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 punishment the scroll,

I am the master of my fate

I am the Captain of my soul.

Wm. Ernest Henley

The poem is usually known as ‘Invictus’

Next post:

I think I may have discovered the identity of our Suffragette.


4 Responses to “And so the Diary ends …….”

  1. SAL Says:

    Inspiring, moving and utterly gripping. I can’t wait for your next post!

    • goldenboots Says:

      Isn’t it just? There have been moments when it has been hard to type. What a woman; indeed what women. I hopw you and I could have been as strong had we been around then Thanks for posting a comment – it’s good to know others appreciate the words too.

  2. Janet MacLeod Trotter Says:

    Fabulous stuff – when I was writing The Suffragette I used a lot of my own family’s original material as part of my research. This was mostly in the form of photographs, which captured a lot of the sense of the suffragists’ struggle. But to have a whole diary…!

    Thank you for sharing.

    • goldenboots Says:

      I’ve just come back to this blog after a long break. Thank you so much for your comments and I’m really sorry it’s taken me so long to get back to you! 🙂

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