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 be 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.
Lyrics by Joe Darion
Music by Mitch Leigh
from the musical, Man of La Mancha
available on DVD starring
Peter O’Toole and Sophia Loren
These lyrics will be on a plaque in the tower
as you approach the McInnis Stardeck.
The notes to the song will be encoded
as decorative iron balls placed
seemingly at random in the railing
that surrounds the library floor.
If you stand on the floor
of the lecture hall
and look up,
you can read
the notes of
A two-minute glimpse into the heart of Don Quixote,
the mascot of Wizard Academy.