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    Ernest Dowson - Vitae Summa Brevis Spem Nos Vetat Incohare Longam - Read by Anton Lesser

    Vitae Summa Brevis Spem Nos Vetat Incohare Longam
    by Ernest Dowson (1867-1900)

    The brief sum of life forbids us the hope of enduring long. ~ Horace

    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.