Ernest Christopher Dowson

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

Ernest Christopher Dowson Poems

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

Comments about Ernest Christopher Dowson

  • Joe Ruane (7/30/2015 7:54:00 PM)

    ..and a posthumous Happy Birthday this coming Sunday...

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  • 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) .

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

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

Best Poem of Ernest Christopher Dowson

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.

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,
Join ...

Read the full of April Love


I watched the glory of her childhood change,
Half-sorrowful to find the child I knew,
(Loved long ago in lily-time),
Become a maid, mysterious and strange,
With fair, pure eyes - dear eyes, but not the eyes I knew
Of old, in the olden time!

Till on my doubting soul the ancient good
Of her dear childhood in the new disguise

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