Brevity of Life

Reply Wed 13 Nov, 2002 08:26 am
" 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".

Vitae summa brevis spem nos vetat incohare longam
(The brevity of life forbids us to entertain hopes of long duration: Horace,
Odes 1.4.15

Ernest Dowson
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