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Non sum qualis eram bonae sub regno Cynarae
Friday, August 29, 2014



 Non Sum Qualis Eram Bonae sub Regno Cynarae
 (I am not as I was under the reign of the good Cynara - Horace)

Ernest Christopher Dowson - 1867 - 1900






   LAST night, ah, yesternight, betwixt her lips and mine
   There fell thy shadow, Cynara! thy breath was shed
   Upon my soul between the kisses and the wine;
   And I was desolate and sick of an old passion,
        Yea, I was desolate and bowed my head:
    I have been faithful to thee, Cynara! in my fashion.

All night upon mine heart I felt her warm heart beat,
Night-long within mine arms in love and sleep she lay;
Surely the kisses of her bought red mouth were sweet;
But I was desolate and sick of an old passion,
    When I awoke and found the dawn was gray:
I have been faithful to you, Cynara! in my fashion.

I have forgot much, Cynara! gone with the wind,
Flung roses, roses riotously with the throng,
Dancing, to put thy pale, lost lilies out of mind;
But I was desolate and sick of an old passion,
    Yea, all the time, because the dance was long;
I have been faithful to thee, Cynara! in my fashion.

I cried for madder music and for stronger wine,
But when the feast is finished and the lamps expire,
Then falls thy shadow, Cynara! the night is thine;
And I am desolate and sick of an old passion,
    Yea, hungry for the lips of my desire:
I have been faithful to thee, Cynara! in my fashion.

poem read by Richard Burton



     

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