Take Heart, Take Wing
These little boxes are made from etched brass. Inside are hearts and wings, riveted into the boxes. Attached with rivets are copper word tags stamped with metal letter stamps with 'Take Wing' on one, and 'Take Heart' on the other. Longfellow wrote a Psalm of Life in 1839, and quoted here is part of it:
Footprints, that perhaps another,
Sailing o'er life's solemn main,
a forlorn and shipwrecked brother,
Seeing, shall take heart again.
Let us then be up and doing,
with a heart for any fate;
Still achieving, still pursuing,
Learn to labor and to wait.
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-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, A Psalm of Life, 1839
Some time ago I did a little rough sketch in my sketchbook, a winged heart with the words 'Take Heart' above it and 'Take Wing' below.
That drawing has been the inspiration for these little handmade brass and copper boxes.
'The moment is short, but love lasts an eternity ... let it take wing and fly through your hearts' --R.M.