Ernest Dowson

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Ernest Dowson

Ernest Christopher Dowson (1867-08-02 - 1900-02-23) was an English poet associated with the Decadent Movement.


  • I have been faithful to thee, Cynara! in my fashion.
    • "Non Sum Qualis Eram Bonae sub Regno Cynarae" (1896)
    • The title, a quotation from Horace, means "I am not as I was under good Cynara's reign."

  • I have forgot much, Cynara! gone with the wind,
    Flung roses, roses riotously with the throng
    • "Non Sum Qualis Eram Bonae sub Regno Cynarae"

  • 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.
    • "Vitae Summa Brevis Spem Nos Vetet Incohare Longam" (1896)
    • This title too is from Horace: "The short span of life forbids us to entertain long hopes."

  • I understand that absinthe makes the tart grow fonder.
    • Letter to Arthur Moore (February 1899)

  • O pray the earth enfold
    Our life-sick hearts and turn them into dust.
    • A Last Word (1899)

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