Vitae summa brevis spem nos vetat incohare longam
They are not long, the weeping and the laughter,
     Love and desire and hate:
I think they have no portion in us after
          We pass the gate.
They are not long, the days of wine and roses:
     Out of a misty dream
Our path emerges for a while, then closes
          Within a dream.
[Though widely published under the title Vitae summa brevis, etc., it seems from the typography in the copy text that this poem is in fact untitled, the Latin inscription having the appearance of being an epigraph. ELC.]
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