Do we know where our school motto "The Best is Yet to Be!" comes from?
Some of us may know that it was given by the then principle, T.W.Hinch, in 1934. But did you know that the original phrase was written 70 years before that?
The origin of the motto comes from Robert Browning's (1812-1889) poetry entitled "Rabbi Ben Ezra", first published in 1864.
The six lines of the first stanza are as follows:
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!''
The full poem has 192 verses divided into 32 stanzas. Click here for the full poem.
Ben Ezra was a real historical person, a distinguished scholar who lived in the twelfth century. In this poem, however, Browning does not build on historic facts. He needed, as the mouthpiece of the ideas of the poem, a theist familiar with the Scriptures. The point of view is the antithesis of that of the Epicurean and Sceptic, the man who lives for the passing moment. Browing's point is, that we should live for the eternal. All that is, will pass away. Therefore, the Best is Yet to Be!