Copthorne Macdonald was a modest man,
Soft spoken and big hearted as men come,
Who in the course of his accomplished span
Of life grew wise: of life the very sum.
And better yet, he left a legacy
So others might pursue him on that course
Toward wisdom, often thought a mystery
And yet of happiness the truest source.
A matter of the highest consequence,
Pursuing wisdom offers something far
Beyond wealth, power, fame and eminence;
In all the heavens, it is our brightest star.
Though it will take awhile to realize,
No time is better spent than growing wise.