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Dorothea Day’s poem “My Captain” is the Christian response to Henley:

Out of the light that dazzles me,

Bright as the sun from pole to pole,

I thank the God I know to be

For Christ the conqueror of my Soul.

Since His, the way of circumstance

I would not wince nor cry aloud.

Under that rule, which men call chance

My head with joy is humbly bowed.

Beyond this place of sin and tears

That life with Him! And his the aid,

Despite the menace of the years,

Keeps, and shall keep me, unafraid.

I have no fear, though strait the gate,

He cleared from punishment the scroll.

Christ is the Master of my fate:

Christ is the Captain of my soul.

[--Dorothea Day, “My Captain,” in Youth Seeks a Master by Louis H. Evans (Westwood, N. J.: Fleming H. Revell Co., 1964), pp 29-30.]

My brothers and sisters, when Jesus is “Our Captain,” we are “Free Indeed.”

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