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Binder's copy. No jacket. Ink gift note on front free endpaper. 1899 Hard Cover. We have more books available by this author!. Rabbi ben Ezra is a poem by Robert Browning about Abraham ibn Ezra (10921167), one of the great poets, mathematicians, and scholars of the 12th century. He wrote on grammar, astronomy, the astrolabe, etc.It is not a biography of Abraham ibn Ezra; like all of Browning's historical poems, it is a free interpretation of the idea that ibn Ezra's life and work suggests to Browning, theistic paradox, that good might lie in the inevitability of its absence... The poem was published in Browning's Dramatis Personae in 1864. The second line of the poem, 'The Best is Yet to Be', was adopted as the motto of the Anglo-Chinese Schools of Singapore, a family of schools founded as a Methodist Institution in 1886, and is a well-known, well-endowed education institution in Singapore.