Saturday, September 18, 2010

Envoy / Ernest Dowson

     
Envoy

(Vitae summa brevis spem nos vetat incohare longam)

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.

---
Ernest Dowson
from
Verses, 1896

Epigraph: "The brief sum of life forbids us the hope of enduring long" (Horace).


[Poem is in the public domain worldwide]


Ernest Dowson biography

1 comment:

  1. lovely, just lovely. Sadly beautfuly yet hopefuly sad.

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