Ernest Christopher Dowson
Ernest Christopher Dowson Poems
- April Love We have walked in Love's land a little way, We ...
- A Last Word Let us go hence: the night is now at hand; ...
- Cynara Last night, ah, yesternight, betwixt her lips and ...
- Non Sum Qualis Eram Bonae Sub ...
- Wisdom Love wine and beauty and the spring, While wine is ...
- If We Must Part If we must part, Then let it be like ...
- Vitae Summa Brevis Spem Nos Ve...
Ernest Christopher Dowson was an English poet, novelist and short-story writer, often associated with the Decadent movement.
Ernest Dowson was born in Lee, London, in 1867. His great-uncle was Alfred Domett, a poet and politician who became Premier of New Zealand and had allegedly been the subject of Robert Browning's poem "Waring". Dowson attended The Queen's College, Oxford, but left in March 1888 before obtaining a degree.
In November 1888, he started work with his father at Dowson and Son, a dry-docking business in Limehouse, east London, which had been established by the poet's grandfather. He led an active social life, carousing with medical students and... more »
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We have walked in Love's land a little way,
We have learnt his lesson a little while,
And shall we not part at the end of day,
With a sigh, a smile?
A little while in the shine of the sun,
We were twined together, joined lips forgot
How the shadows fall when day is done,
And when Love is not.
We have made no vows - there will none be broke,
Our love was free as the wind on the hill,
There was no word said we need wish unspoke,
We have wrought no ill.
So shall we not part at the end of day,
Who have loved and lingered a little while,