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Eros

The sense of the world is short,—
Long and various the report,—
              To love and be beloved;
Men and gods have not outlearned it;
And, how oft soe’er they’ve turned it,
              ’Tis not to be improved.

Credit


This poem is in the public domain. 

About this Poem


“Eros” was published in Poems (James Munroe & Co., 1847). 

Author


Ralph Waldo Emerson

American poet, essayist, and philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson was born in 1803 in Boston.

Date Published: 1847-01-01

Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/eros