Ernest Christopher Dowson

(2 August 1867 – 23 February 1900 / London / England)

Vitae Summa Brevis Spem Nos Vetat Incohare Longam Poem by Ernest Christopher Dowson


They are not long, the weeping and the laughter,
Love and desire and hate:
I think they have no portion in us after
We pass the gate.

They are not long, the days of wine and roses:
Out of a misty dream
Our path emerges for a while, then closes
Within a dream.

Submitted: Monday, May 14, 2001

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