Ernest Christopher Dowson

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

Ernest Christopher Dowson Poems

41. De Amore 4/19/2010
42. After Paul Verlaine-Ii 4/19/2010
43. Amantium Irae 4/19/2010
44. Chanson Sans Paroles 4/19/2010
45. Cease Smilng, Dear! A Little While Be Sad 4/19/2010
46. Yvonne Of Brittany 12/31/2002
47. This Libation, Cupid, Take 1/3/2003
48. Jadis 12/31/2002
49. Beata Solitudo 4/19/2010
50. Exchanges 12/31/2002
51. Villanelle Of The Poet's Road 1/3/2003
52. Wisdom 4/19/2010
53. In A Breton Cemetery 12/31/2002
54. Amor Umbratilis 4/19/2010
55. The Garden Of Shadow 1/3/2003
56. After Paul Verlaine-I 4/19/2010
57. A Coronal 4/19/2010
58. The Moon Maiden's Song 12/31/2002
59. Who Is This Mortal 1/3/2003
60. Grey Nights 1/3/2003
61. Nuns Of The Perpetual Adoration 12/31/2002
62. Epigram 12/31/2002
63. To A Lady Asking Foolish Questions 4/19/2010
64. Growth 12/31/2002
65. In Tempore Senectutis 12/31/2002
66. Cynara 4/19/2010
67. Spleen 1/3/2003
68. Exile 4/19/2010
69. If We Must Part 1/3/2003
70. O Mors! Quam Amara Est Memoria Tua Homini Pacem Habenti In Substantiis Suis 4/19/2010
71. Ad Domnulam Suam 12/31/2002
72. What Is Love? 12/31/2002
73. A Requiem 4/19/2010
74. Autumnal 4/19/2010
75. Amor Profanus 5/14/2001
76. A Song Of The Setting Sun 1/3/2003
77. Beyond 1/3/2003
78. Vitae Summa Brevis Spem Nos Vetat Incohare Longam 5/14/2001
79. Non Sum Qualis Eram Bonae Sub Regno Cynarae 5/14/2001
80. A Last Word 12/31/2002

Comments about Ernest Christopher Dowson

  • Joe Ruane (7/30/2015 7:53:00 PM)

    i had sought out the gravesite many years ago (Plot #H-8, I believe it was) , and was, too, saddened that it had obviously been unattended for seemingly a long time; if Piecat Lady's right, I'll also be glad. I don't believe he was credited for'Days of Wine & Roses' - but could be wrong; but I'm confident Pat Boone had never heard of his April Love. I've long felt he was respected by Oscar Wilde, and their meeting in Dieppe seems to bear that out. Requiescat in Pace (from One in Bedlam) .

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  • Marko Duvnjak (1/24/2015 12:42:00 AM)

    I found out about this poet because of the late great Christopher Hitchens!

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  • Piecat Lady (11/23/2014 2:02:00 PM)

    Reading Dowson's touching poetry, learning of his sad life, I'm glad his grave site has been restored. Years ago, found his poem to Cynara that inspired Margaret Mitchell's title Gone With the Wind. (The movie didn't acknowledge the poem.) What a memorable paean to passion lost and time passing. Matches my earliest experiences with love. Dancing, to put thy pale lost lilies out of mind. And it never quite works.

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  • Peter Kennelly (10/21/2007 3:00:00 PM)

    I stumbled across Ernest Dowson's grave,1867-1900 at Ladywell cemetry. This is in south east london se4 and is a very pretty overgrown space.

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Best Poem of Ernest Christopher Dowson

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.

Read the full of Vitae Summa Brevis Spem Nos Vetat Incohare Longam


Love's aftermath! I think the time is now
That we must gather in, alone, apart
The saddest crop of all the crops that grow,
Love's aftermath.
Ah, sweet,--sweet yesterday, the tears that start
Can not put back the dial; this is, I trow,
Our harvesting! Thy kisses chill my heart,
Our lips are cold; averted eyes avow
The twilight of poor love: we can but part,