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For who but learns in riper years,
But here again a danger lies.
And taken trash for treasure,
A mere Utopian pleasure.
An acquisition rather rare
Nor is it wise complaining,
We sought without attaining.
No friendship will abide the test,
Or mean self-love erected;
For viscious ends connected.
Who seek a friend, should come disposed
That form the character he seeks,
And constantly supported;
Our own as much distorted.
But will sincerity suffice?
And must be made the basis;
All shining in their places.
A fretful temper will divide
The closest knot, that may be tied,
By ceaseless sharp corrosion; A temper passionate and fierce May suddenly your joys disperse
At one immense explosion.
In vain the talkative unite
Forgetting its important weight,
And by themselves outwitted.
How bright soe'er the prospect seems,
If envy chance to creep in;
But not a friend worth keeping.
As envy pines-at good possessed
On good, that seems-approaching,
And hates him for encroaching,
Hence authors, of illustrious name,
Are sadly prone to quarrel,
And pluck each others laurel,
A man renowned for repartee:-
With friendship's finest feeling:
Will thrust a dagger at your breast,
By way of balm for healing,
Whoever keeps an open ear,
The trumpet of contention;
And rush into dissension, weil
A friendship, that in frequent fits
The thought of conflagration.id
Some fickle creatures boast a soul
Their humour yet so various !
Their love is so precarious. . '
The great and small but rarely meet
And yield so much to noble folk.
Some are so placid and serene
They sleep secure from waking;
Unmoved and without quaking:
Courtier and patriot cannot mix
Without an effervescence,
A friendly coalescence.
Religion should extinguish strife,
Hut friends' that chance"to differ
No combatants are suffer!