Ernest Christopher Dowson

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

Amor Profanus


Beyond the pale of memory,
In some mysterious dusky grove;
A place of shadows utterly,
Where never coos the turtle-dove,
A world forgotten of the sun:
I dreamed we met when day was done,
And marvelled at our ancient love.

Met there by chance, long kept apart,
We wandered through the darkling glades;
And that old language of the heart
We sought to speak: alas! poor shades!
Over our pallid lips had run
The waters of oblivion,
Which crown all loves of men or maids.

In vain we stammered: from afar
Our old desire shone cold and dead:
That time was distant as a star,
When eyes were bright and lips were red.
And still we went with downcast eye
And no delight in being nigh,
Poor shadows most uncomforted.

Ah, Lalage! while life is ours,
Hoard not thy beauty rose and white,
But pluck the pretty fleeing flowers
That deck our little path of light:
For all too soon we twain shall tread
The bitter pastures of the dead:
Estranged, sad spectres of the night.

Submitted: Monday, May 14, 2001

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

Read poems about / on: memory, star, sad, rose, beauty, red, sun, light, world, night, time, heart, life, flower, dream, water, running

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (Amor Profanus by Ernest Christopher Dowson )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

Top Poems

  1. Phenomenal Woman
    Maya Angelou
  2. The Road Not Taken
    Robert Frost
  3. If You Forget Me
    Pablo Neruda
  4. Still I Rise
    Maya Angelou
  5. Dreams
    Langston Hughes
  6. Annabel Lee
    Edgar Allan Poe
  7. If
    Rudyard Kipling
  8. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings
    Maya Angelou
  9. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
    Robert Frost
  10. Invictus
    William Ernest Henley

New Poems

  1. The truth about lies, kelvin alexander
  2. Many Men, Afrodita Alkline
  3. Leaves, Frieda Risvold
  4. Second chance, Gerry Legister
  5. Our Mentor (Acrostic), Marvin Brato Sr
  6. Their Lights Has Gone Out, Wilfred Mellers
  7. Jagger & Richards, Richard Thripp
  8. Plates from Fifteen Years of Marriage, Bill Grace
  9. Nature's Opera, RoseAnn V. Shawiak
  10. The Tough Guys, Manny Furious

Poem of the Day

poet Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Young Love lies sleeping
In May-time of the year,
Among the lilies,
Lapped in the tender light:
White lambs come grazing,
White doves come building there:
...... Read complete »

   

Member Poem

[Hata Bildir]