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Vitae Summa Brevis Spem Nos Vetat Incohare Longam

Ernest Dowson

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. 

[The title translates, from the Latin, as 
'The brief sum of life forbids us the hope of enduring long'
and is from a work by Horace]

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