August 2nd Birthday Love: Ernest Dowson

Ernest Dowson

Possibly most famous for the line “the days of wine and roses” from his poem “Vitae Summa Brevis,” writer Ernest Dowson was born on this day August 2, 1867 in Kent, England.

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.

-Ernest Dowson, Vitae summa brevis spem nos vetat incohare longam (1896)
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