verba loquor socianda chordis: non, si priores Maeonius tenet               5 edicta rumpent Iulia, non Getae,

     culpari metuit fides,               20. nullis polluitur casta domus stupris, We’re going to attempt to analyse why that’s the case. late signa feret militiae tuae, celata virtus. plenis honorum muneribus tuas, cui rex deorum regnum in avis vagas Night-long within mine arms in love and sleep she lay; sed quae Tibur aquae fertile praefluunt               10 sensit et Troiae prope victor altae      quae spirabat amores, Te Cantaber non ante domabilis      explicuit sua victor arma.      urgentur ignotique longa      iam lacte depulsum leonem15 As a piece of Decadent poetry it’s fun to analyse, especially given the lushness of the language, or the contrast between the ‘bought red mouth’ of the prostitute and the altogether purer and whiter ‘pale, lost lilies’ of Cynara.      vela darem. remque Romanam Latiumque felix Desine, dulcium      invidet Orco.      quanti fatigaret ruinis, Quem tu, Melpomene, semel by being unable to get her out of his mind. rursus bella moves? virtute functos more patrum duces grata carpentis thyma per laborem      namque et nobilis et decens Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free! plorat et viris animumque moresque prosperes decreta super iugandis duramque callet pauperiem pati quod spiro et placeo, si placeo, tuum est. The Latin Library virtus et favor et lingua potentium si torrere iecur quaeris idoneum;

nec dabunt, quamvis redeant in aurum      te caede gaudentes Sygambri Sed non haec mihi vis, non tibi talium In the fourth and final stanza, he says that while he is having a good time dancing and drinking he has tried his best to shut out the memories of her, crying for ‘madder music and for stronger wine’, but when the party’s over and he retires to bed, thoughts of her return. dignatur suboles inter amabilis inmunem meditor tinguere poculis,      bellum curet Hiberiae?      coniugibus puerisque primus. delectantque deum, cui pecus et nigri in my fashion’ recur in each of the four stanzas, beginning here.      temporibus dubiisque rectus, vindex avarae fraudis et abstinens

     est hederae vis. Cum semel occideris et de te splendida Minos lenis, Ilithyia, tuere matres, pulcher, o laudande!' Search. fortis Augusti reditu forumque sive tu Lucina probas vocari               15 rectique cultus pectora roborant; dis, quibus septem placuere colles, Sed Cinarae brevis      per damna, per caedes ab ipso      dulci distinet a domo.      patribus orti.      lege solutis.      pulchris excubat in genis. Liber vota bonos ducit ad exitus. et signa nostro restituit Iovi quod regum tumidas contuderit minas, Roma si vestrum est opus Iliaque But it’s easy to get side-tracked by the influence of Dowson’s memorable phrases and forget to attend to the meaning of the Cynara poem. audet apparetque beata pleno iam nec prata rigent, nec fluvii strepunt      Auguste, virtutes in aevum custos gentis, abes iam nimium diu; supplices audi pueros, Apollo; dulcem quae strepitum, Pieri, temperas, obstaret meritis invida Romuli? pinus aut inpulsa cupressus Euro               10      visere maius. Dancing, to put thy pale, lost lilies out of mind,      miratur, o tutela praesens      virtus neque inbellem feroces nascentem placido lumine videris,      sectamur ultro, quos opimus      et vacuam patefecit aulam, Fortuna lustro prospera tertio      consulque non unius anni,

     mittere equum medios per ignis. duces tura, lyraque et Berecyntia Virginum primae puerique claris The title is taken from the Roman poet, Horace, Book 4 of his Odes. Quid habes illius, illius, the night is thine;      rite deos prius adprecati. Qualem ministrum fulminis alitem,

Quae cura patrum quaeve Quiritium obliviones.

     rerumque prudens et secundis               35 Intermissa, Venus, diu rursus bella moves? Vixere fortes ante Agamemnona               25 qui dies mensem Veneris marinae               15 seu per audacis nova dithyrambos               10 Drusum gerentem; Vindelici - quibus Sed cur heu, Ligurine, cur castus Aeneas patriae superstes dives et lasciva tenetque grata

And I was desolate and sick of an old passion, impellunt animae lintea Thraciae, liberum munivit iter, daturus ', Est mihi nonum superantis annum Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words? te copias, te consilium et tuos nescios fari pueros Achiuis      proelia coniugibus loquenda.

It means ‘I am not as I was in the reign of good Cynara’. That final line and repeated refrain, ‘I have been faithful to thee, Cynara!

procidit late posuitque collum in vinci dolentem crevit in Herculem,

curat et votis puerorum amicas      egit amor dapis atque pugnae; qualemue laetis caprea pascuis feminis prolisque novae feraci      excepit ictus pro pudicis I am not the kind I was under the reign of good Cincare. As you do.      in mea vota, fronte curuatos imitatus ignis nubium tractus; ego apis Matinae      et centum puer artium               15      et soles melius nitent.

demisit hostem vividus impetus,               10 quidecim Diana preces virorum               70 Non hydra secto corpore firmior cornicis vetulae temporibus Lycen,               25 tendit, Antoni, quotiens in altos Ille mordaci velut icta ferro      et decus omne; quaeque uos bobus veneratur albis      nocte frequentis. disparem vites. Diffugere nives, redeunt iam gramina campis      seu Genitalis: diva, producas subolem patrumque direxit arcu; non semel Ilios      Breunosque velocis et arces      aut patria timidus perire. vel cur his animis incolumes non redeunt genae?      cum sol Oceano subest.      Copia cornu;               60. augur et fulgente decorus arcu Post hoc secundis usque laboribus               45 Verum pone moras et studium lucri,               25

That phrase, ‘I am not as I was’, points up the poem’s speaker as somebody who is past his prime, whose best days are behind him.      nocte, carent quia vate sacro.

     quaerit patria Caesarem.      Troiamque et Anchisen et almae saeculo festas referente luces, Delivered to your inbox! nigrorumque memor, dum licet, ignium Definition of non sum qualis eram.      non Tanain prope flumen orti.      illum non labor Isthmius quercus et refugit te quia luridi               10 Fertilis frugum pecorisque Tellus quis Germania quos horrida parturit Yea, hungry for the lips of my desire:      devictus et pulcher fugatis sacra mentito male feriatos      vis formosa videri      ne parva Tyrrhenum per aequor Rite maturos aperire partus Non incisa notis marmora publicis, nititur pinnis, vitreo daturus It means ‘I am not as I was in the reign of good Cynara’. infelix avis et Cecropiae domus Iam mari terraque manus potentis lucratus rediit, clarius indicant nido laborum protulit inscium      progenerant aquilae columbam; doctrina sed vim promovet insitam laudes quam Calabrae Pierides, neque,               20 Terret ambustus Phaethon avaras               25 Fortes creantur fortibus et bonis;      solis ab Hesperio cubili. quas et benigno numine Iuppiter mutat terra vices et decrescentia ripas impetret, bellante prior, iacentem qui salutari levat arte fessos gaudiis, Idus tibi sunt agendae, 40. infernis neque enim tenebris Diana pudicum               25 vincta verbenis avet immolato mutatus Ligurinum in faciem verterit hispidam,               5      et miseras inimicat urbes. O testudinis aureae Lydis remixto carmine tibiis               30 est in iuvencis, est in equis patrum               30 curvo nec faciem litore dimovet,

     cuspide pugnax.      non Seres infidique Persae, scindente nubes, impiger hostium

     iungite fata. qui regna Dauni praefluit Apuli,

inter iocosi munera Liberi What made you want to look up non sum qualis eram?      finis amorum. parce precor, precor.

Fundamentally, it’s a poem about being unable to forget a former lover, and seeing their face and feeling their presence in everything you do.      vexare turmas et frementem palma caelestis pugilemve equomve In summary, the poem’s speaker addresses Cynara, telling her that last night, as he was kissing another woman, the ‘shadow’ of Cynara fell between them. “Non sum qualis eram.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/non%20sum%20qualis%20eram. si chartae sileant quod bene feceris, in my fashion. nec cari lapides tempora, quae semel civilis aut vis exiget otium,      totve tuos patiar labores. (non enim posthac alia calebo di, senectuti placidae quietem,      ostendet Capitolio; Tutus bos etenim rura perambulat,      voltu, per obstantis catervas      cum laude victorem geretque Iam veris comites, quae mare temperant, clarum Tyndaridae sidus ab infimis cunctantem spatio longius annuo ceteris maior, tibi miles impar,               5      natosque maturosque patres               55 luce Maecenas meus affluentis ... namque et nobilis et decens et pro solliciti non tacitus reis. clarus Anchisae Venerisque sanguis,               50 In other words, Dowson’s speaker was kissing somebody but thinking of somebody else.      alite muros. Romae principis urbium Concines laetosque dies et urbis quam licet sperare nefas putando               30      Pindarus ore. laurea donandus Apollinari,      falletet aulam; sed palam captis gravis, heu nefas, heu! Ut tamen noris quibus advoceris Horace quo Sibyllini monuere versus               5 Nilusque et Hister, te rapidus Tigris, plenus Albani cadus, est in horto, dices, heu, quotiens te speculo videris alterum:      pollicis ictum, rite Latonae puerum canentes,      interitura simul               10 terminus servet, bona iam peractis      vincula Pirithoo. Importunus enim transvolat aridas quo motus? morte Centauri, cecidit tremendae               15 prosperam frugum celeremque pronos Vosque veraces cecinisse, Parcae,               25 Frigora mitescunt Zephyris, ver proterit aestas,      plena dives ut in domo. Post the Definition of non sum qualis eram to Facebook, Share the Definition of non sum qualis eram on Twitter, On ‘Corps’ and ‘Core’ and ‘Corp’ (and ‘Corpse’). possent ut iuvenes visere fervidi Adduxere sitim tempora, Vergili; si gestis, iuvenum nobilium cliens,               15



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