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Ernest Christopher Dowson

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

Quotations

  • ''From troublous sights and sounds set free;
    In such a twilight hour of breath,
    Shall one retrace his life or see,
    Through shadows, the true face of death?''
    Ernest Christopher Dowson (1867-1900), British poet. Extreme Unction (l. 9-12). . . Oxford Anthology of English Literature, The, Vols. I-II. Frank Kermode and John Hollander, general eds. (1973) Oxford University Press (Also published as six paperback vols.: Medieval English Literature, J. B. Trapp, ed.; The Literature of Renaissance England, John Hollander and Frank Kermode, eds.; The Restoration and the Eighteenth Century, Martin Price, ed.; Romantic Poetry and Prose, Harold Bloom and Lionel Trilling, eds.; Victorian Prose and Poetry, Lionel Trilling and Harold Bloom, eds.; Modern British Literature, Frank Kermode and John Hollander, eds.).
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  • ''Yet, when the walls of flesh grow weak,
    In such an hour it may well be,
    Through mist and darkness, light will break,
    And each anointed sense will see.''
    Ernest Christopher Dowson (1867-1900), British poet. Extreme Unction (l. 17-20). . . Oxford Anthology of English Literature, The, Vols. I-II. Frank Kermode and John Hollander, general eds. (1973) Oxford University Press (Also published as six paperback vols.: Medieval English Literature, J. B. Trapp, ed.; The Literature of Renaissance England, John Hollander and Frank Kermode, eds.; The Restoration and the Eighteenth Century, Martin Price, ed.; Romantic Poetry and Prose, Harold Bloom and Lionel Trilling, eds.; Victorian Prose and Poetry, Lionel Trilling and Harold Bloom, eds.; Modern British Literature, Frank Kermode and John Hollander, eds.).
  • ''Better than mortal flowers,
    Thy moon-kissed roses seem: better than love or sleep,
    The star-crowned solitude of thine oblivious hours!''
    Ernest Christopher Dowson (1867-1900), British poet. To One in Bedlam (l. 12-14). . . Oxford Book of Modern Verse, The, 1892-1935. William Butler Yeats, ed. (1936) Oxford University Press.
  • ''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.''
    Ernest Christopher Dowson (1867-1900), British poet. Vitae Summa Brevis Spem Nos Vetat Incohare Longam (l. 1-4). . . Oxford Book of Short Poems, The. P. J. Kavanagh and James Michie, eds. Oxford University Press.
  • ''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 Christopher Dowson (1867-1900), British poet. Vitae Summa Brevis Spem Nos Vetat Incohare Longam (l. 5-8). . . Oxford Book of Short Poems, The. P. J. Kavanagh and James Michie, eds. Oxford University Press.

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April Love

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.

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