Friday, June 02, 2006

Grow old along with me -- Rabbi ben Ezra

Rabbi ben Ezra is a poem by Robert Browning about Abraham ibn Ezra (1092-1167), one of the great poets, mathematicians and scholars of the 12th century. He wrote on grammar, astronomy, the astrolabe, etc.

The poem begins with:
GROW old along with me!
The best is yet to be,
The last of life, for which the first was made:
Our times are in His hand
Who saith `A whole I planned,
Youth shows but half; trust God: see all, nor be afraid!'
For SciFi fans, this poem was quoted by Issac Asimov in his science fiction, Pebble in the Sky.

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