by Ernest Dowson (1867 - 1900)

Exceeding sorrow
Language: English 
Exceeding sorrow
  Consumeth my sad heart!
Because to-morrow
  We must depart,
Now is exceeding sorrow
  All my part!

Give over playing,
  Cast thy viol away:
Merely laying
  Thine head my way:
Prithee, give over playing,
  Grave or gay.

Be no word spoken;
  Weep nothing: let a pale
Silence, unbroken
  Silence prevail!
Prithee, be no word spoken,
  Lest I fail!

Forget tomorrow!
  Weep nothing: only lay
In silent sorrow
  Thine head my way!
Let us forget to-morrow
  This one day!

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Confirmed with Ernest Dowson, Collected Poems, ed. by R. K. R. Thornton with Caroline Dowson, Birmingham University Press, 2003, page 89.


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This text was added to the website: 2005-01-23
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