Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, BRIEF LIFE, by ERNEST CHRISTOPHER DOWSON



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First Line: They are not long, the weeping and the laughter
Last Line: Within a dream.
Variant Title(s): Envoi;vitae Summa Brevis Spem Nos Vetat Incohare Longam
Subject(s): Life; Life Change Events; Mortality


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.




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