LET be at last : give over words and sighing,
Vainly were all things said :
Better, at last, to find a place for lying,
Silence were best, with songs and sighing over ;
Now be the music mute :
Now let the dead, red leaves of autumn cover
A vain lute !
Silence is best : for ever and for ever,
We will go down to sleep,
Somewhere, beyond her ken, where she need never
Come to weep.
Let be at last : colder she grows, and colder ;
Sleep and the night were best ;
Lying, at last, where we cannot behold her,
We may rest.
Dowson, Ernest. “Venite, Descendamus.” The Savoy, vol. 4, August 1896, p. 41. Savoy Digital Edition, edited by Christopher Keep and Lorraine Janzen Kooistra, 2018-2020. Yellow Nineties 2.0, Ryerson University Centre for Digital Humanities, 2019. https://1890s.ca/savoyv4-dowson-venite