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.
This poem is in the public domain.
About this Poem
“Eros” was published in Poems (James Munroe & Co., 1847).
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