Non Sum Qualis Eram Bonae Sub Regno Cynarae Quotes

Ernest Dowson

"Gone With The Wind"

(Magill's Quotations in Context)

Context: This passage is the source for the title of Margaret Mitchell's famous novel. The poet had loved the girl, Cynara, with a love so deep and encompassing that he is prevented from giving his heart to any other woman, although he and Cynara have parted some time ago. Since leaving her he has attempted to wipe away the image of her that filled him; he has thrown himself into free living, singing, dancing, and loving, but none of this desperate endeavor has been more than momentary distraction. The haunting love for Cynara is undying, and he remains sick with his perpetual longing for her.

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.