Poems (Emerson, 1847)/Eros
For other versions of this work, see Eros (Emerson, "The sense of the world is short").
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.