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  • The Poems of Ernest Dowson (1896, 1900). May be read online at Comprises 2 collections: Verses (1896), and the posthumous Decorations (1900).[N.B.—As Ernest Dowson is a poet of the Decadent Movement, some of his works (like the oft-anthologized “Non sum qualis eram bonae sub regno Cynarae”) should be read with caution in view of their secular sensuality or their pessimism, which is seen in the phrases of Dowson that modern culture embraced: “gone with the wind” and “days of wine and roses”. However, other poems like “Benedictio Domini” and “Extreme Unction” manifest true sacramental reverence; “Nuns of the Perpetual Adoration” and “Carthusians” constitute some of the finest verses ever written on the contemplative life; and even the secular romanticism of “Quid non speremus, Amantes?” points to the higher romance of God’s embrace. And all his poems, whether sacred or profane, show that analogical or sacramental imagination that is Catholic Christianity’s great gift to literature.]

On the anniversary of the birth of the poet Ernest Dowson (2 August 1867–23 February 1900). Requiem aeternam dona ei, Domine: et lux perpetua luceat ei. Requiescat in pace. And may authentic Catholic literature revive in our age, for the glory of God and the edification of souls.

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