By Oswald Sobrino, J.D.; M.A. (Econ.); M.A. (Theo.); M.L. (Master of Latin), doctoral student, University of Florida.

Friday, August 6, 2010

The Quest

Here are the lyrics from the nineteen sixties musical Man of  La Mancha. Click the Picasso drawing in the sidebar if you want to hear it sung. This is Christian heroism:



To dream ... the impossible dream ...

To fight ... the unbeatable foe ...

To bear ... with unbearable sorrow ...

To run ... where the brave dare not go ...

To right ... the unrightable wrong ...

To love ... pure and chaste from afar ...

To try ... when your arms are too weary ...

To reach ... the unreachable star ... 



This is my quest, to follow that star ... 

No matter how hopeless, no matter how far ... 

To fight for the right, without question or pause ... 

To be willing to march into Hell, for a Heavenly cause ... 



And I know if I'll only be true, to this glorious quest, 

That my heart will lie will lie peaceful and calm, 

when I'm laid to my rest ... 

And the world will be better for this: 

That one man, scorned and covered with scars, 

Still strove, with his last ounce of courage, 

To reach ... the unreachable star ...


This heroism is the same as that celebrated in Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, especially in the sense that in both cases the hero is willing to proceed with the quest even if it should end in defeat.