Browning & Ibn-Ezra
Grow old along with me!
The best is yet to be.
These words, from an 1864 poem by Robert Browning (1812-89), are among the most famous in English poetry -- but who knew they were inspired by R. Avraham Ibn-Ezra?!
The poem, pondering old age and the difficilties of the scholarly life, is written as if Ibn-Ezra is the speaker (see here for the full poem and here for some background).
Browning had a known interest in Hebrew language and literature (and probably knew of the Ibn-Ezra's grammatical work) -- does anyone know any other background to this? Let us know...