The poet Ernest Christopher Dowson lived a mere 32 years being born in 1867 and dying in 1900. During his tragically short life Dowson produced some truly memorable verses perhaps the most famous of which is his poem “They are Not Long”, (see my previous post on Dowson which can be foun here http://kevin-morris.co.uk/2011/04/07/they-are-not-long-the-weeping-and-the-laughter-the-poetry-of-ernest-dowson/). I will today quote one of Dowson’s lesser known poems, “April Love”. As with much of the poet’s verse the poem is meloncholic in tone with it’s poignant message that love will not last. For a poem with a similar message see Dowson’s “The Garden of Shadow” which can be found here http://kevin-morris.co.uk/2011/06/22/the-garden-of-shadow-by-ernest-christopher-dowson/).
“We have walked in Love’s land a little way,
We have learnt his lesson a little while,
And shall we not part at the end of day,
With a sigh, a smile?
A little while in the shine of the sun,
We were twined together, joined lips, forgot
How the shadows fall when the day is done,
And when Love is not.
We have made no vows–there will none be broke,
Our love was free as the wind on the hill,
There was no word said we need wish unspoke,
We have wrought no ill.
So shall we not part at the end of day,
Who have loved and lingered a little while,
Join lips for the last time, go our way,
With a sigh, a smile?”