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Leadership from a different perspective – Robert Herrick

Naked Leader Week – 181 (w/c Monday 6 November 2006)

Leadership from a different perspective – Robert Herrick

I am a huge fan of the film, “Dead Poets Society” with Robin Williams – I know many of you are as well.

In the film, just before the famous “Carpe Diem” moment, Robin as English teacher John Keating shows his class photographs of previous students of their school – students from many years before.

During this scene he asks the boys about the meaning of a line from a poem –

“Gather ye rosebuds while ye may”


I cannot believe that it has taken me over 180 NL weeks – over three years – to at last feature the poem in all its glory.

Please read, enjoy and take action.

With love as always



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.

The glorious lamp of heaven, the sun,

   The higher he’s a-getting,

The sooner will his race be run,

   And nearer he’s to setting.


That age is best which is the first,

   When youth and blood are warmer;

But being spent, the worse, and worst

   Times still succeed the former.

Then be not coy, but use your time,

   And while ye may, go marry;

For having lost but once your prime,

   You may forever tarry.



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