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A poem on a sign

Do you know what I love just as much as home decorating? Poems! Classic, old poems which has been read by people for centuries. I’ve always loved poetry, even wrote some myself as a teenager (guess it’s not that uncommon…), and my love for poetry escalated when I first saw the extraordinary movie Dead Poets Society. A wonderful, fascinating and unforgettable movie with amazing actors.

I do have a couple of favourites among all famous poems out there, and I’ve now decided to make something more out of it. I will order a couple of enamel signs with my favourite poems on. Who says it has to be names on our name plates? Not me!

My plan is to have a black Engelhardt sign, like the one in the photo, with typeface 3, as this looks old enough to make these poems justice. I will then place the signs with the poems on a shelf on the wall, beside some other nice things, such as dry rosebuds, candles and seashells. All for the art, right? What do you think of my idea? Do you think it’s a good one?

So, what poems have I chosen? In the future I will have two, but I will start with one of them. Can’t decide which one though, as I love both of them very much. Maybe you can help me choose which one to start with?

#1: To the Virgins, To Make Much of Time by Robert Herrick.

Gather ye rosebuds while ye may,
Old Time is still a-flying;
And this same flower that smiles today,
Tomorrow will be dying.

#2: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

Be still, sad heart! and cease repining;
Behind the clouds is the sun still shining;
Thy fate is the common fate of all,
Into each life some rain must fall.

So, my friends, what do you think? Which one should be the first to end up on a sign in my home?