Vitae Summa Brevis Spem nos Vetet Incohare Longam

by Ernest Dowson

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.

 

 

Title:

Vitae Summa Brevis Spem nos Vetet Incohare Longam

Poet:

Dowson, Ernest