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Ernest Dowson

Ernest Christopher Dowson (August 2, 1867February 23, 1900) 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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