For who but learns in riper years,
That man, when smoothest he appears,
Is most to be suspected r

But here again a danger lies.
Lest, having misapplied our eyes

And taken trash for treasure,
We should unwarily conclude
Friendship a false ideal good, ,

A mere Utopian pleasure.

An acquisition rather rare
Is yet no subject of despair;

Nor is it wise complaining,
If either on forbidden ground,
Or where it was not to be found,

We sought without attaining.

No friendship will abide the test,
That stands on sordid interest,

Or mean self-love erected;
Nor such as may awhile subsist
Between the sot and sensualist,

For viscious ends connected.

Who seek a friend, should come disposed
To exhibit in full bloom disclosed
The graces and the beauties,


That form the character he seeks,
For 'tis an' union, that bespeaks

Reciprocated duties-
Mutual attention is implied,
And equal truth on either side,

And constantly supported;
'Tis senseless arrogance to accuse
Another of sinister views,

Our own as much distorted.

But will sincerity suffice?
It is indeed above all price,

And must be made the basis;
But every virtue of the soul
Must constitute the charming whole,

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
In hopes of permanent delight—
The secret just committed

Forgetting its important weight,
They drop through mere desire to prate,

And by themselves outwitted.

How bright soe'er the prospect seems,
All thoughts of friendship are but dreams

If envy chance to creep in;
An envious man, if you succeed,
May prove a dangerous for indeed,

But not a friend worth keeping.

As envy pines-at good possessed
So jealousy looks forth distressed

On good, that seems-approaching,
And if success his steps attend,
Discerns a rival in a friend,

And hates him for encroaching,

Hence authors, of illustrious name,
Unless:belied by common fame,

Are sadly prone to quarrel,
To deem the wit a friend displays
A tax ypon their own just praise,

And pluck each others laurel,

A man renowned for repartee:-
Will seldom scruple to make free

With friendship's finest feeling:

Will thrust a dagger at your breast,
And say he wounded you in jest,

By way of balm for healing,

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Whoever keeps an open ear,
For tattlers, will be sure to hear .

The trumpet of contention;
Aspersion is the babbler's trade,
To listen is to lend him aid, .

And rush into dissension, weil

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A friendship, that in frequent fits
Of controversial rage emits

The sparks of disputation, ?: **
Like hand in hand insurance plates; *. I
Most anavoidably creates . ..

The thought of

Some fickle creatures boast a soul
True as a needle to the pole, s.

Their humour yet so various !
They manifest their whole life through
The needle's deviations too,

Their love is so precarious. . '

The great and small but rarely meet
On terms of amity, complete,
Plebeians must surrender,

And yield so much to noble folk.
It is combining fire with smoke.,
Obscurity with splendour.

Some are so placid and serene
(As Irish bogs are always green)

They sleep secure from waking;
And are indeed a bog, that bears
Your unparticipated cares

Unmoved and without quaking:

Courtier and patriot cannot mix
Their heterogeneous politics

Without an effervescence,
like that of salts with lemon juice,'
Which does not yet like that produce

A friendly coalescence.

Religion should extinguish strife,
And make a calm' of human life )

Hut friends' that chance"to differ
On points, which God has left at large,
How freely will they meet and charge,

No combatants are suffer!

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