Ernest Christopher Dowson (August 2, 1867 – February 23, 1900) was an English poet associated with the Decadent Movement.
- I have been faithful to thee, Cynara! in my fashion.
- Non Sum Qualis Eram Bonae sub Regno Cynarae (1896). The title, a quotation from Horace, means "I am not as I was under good Cynara's reign."
- I have forgot much, Cynara! gone with the wind,
Flung roses, roses riotously with the throng
- Non Sum Qualis Eram Bonae sub Regno Cynarae.
- 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 Vetet Incohare Longam (1896). This title too is from Horace: "The short span of life forbids us to entertain long hopes."
- I understand that absinthe makes the tart grow fonder.
- Letter to Arthur Moore (February 1899).
- O pray the earth enfold
Our life-sick hearts and turn them into dust.