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

By way of balm for healing,

Whoever keeps an open ear 3.
For tattlers, will be sure to hear

The trumpet of contention;
Aspersio4 is the babbler's trade,
To listen is to lend him aid, '.

And rush into dissension, wi?

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Some fickle creatures boast a soul
True as a needle to the pole, ... 1

Their humour yet so various
They manifest tbeir whole life through
The needle's deviations tao,

Their love is so precarious.

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

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Some are so placid and serene
(As Irish bėgs 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; ako • But friends that chance to differ." On points, which God has left at large, How freely will they meet and charge,

No combatants are stiffer! . .

To prove at last my main intent
Needs no expense of argument, “

No cutting and contriving "

Seeking a real friend we seem
To adopt the chymist's golden dream,
With still less hope of thriving.

Sometimes the fault is all our own,
Some blemish, in due time made known,

By trespass or omission;
Sometimes occasion brings to light
Our friend's defect, long hid from sight,

And even from suspicion.

Then judge yourself, and prove your man As circumspectly as you can,

And baying made election, Beware no negligence of yours, Sucb as a friend but ill endures,

Enfeeble his affection...

That secrets are a sacred trust;
That friends should be sincere and just,

That constancy befits them; a
Are observations on the case,
That savour much of common-place,

And all the world admits them.

But 'tis not timber, lead, and stone,
An architect requires alone
To finish a fine building-

The palace were but half complete,
If he could possibly, forget

The carving and the gilding. .

The man that hails you Tom or Jack,
Aod proves by thumps upon your back,

How he esteems. your merit;
Is such a friend, that one had need
Be very much his friend indeed

To pardon or to bear it.

As similarity of mind, .
Or something not to be defined,

First fixes our attention; 5
So manners decent and polite,
The same we practised at first sight

Must save it from declension.

Some act upon this prudent plan, “Say little and hear all you can.”

Safe policy; but hateful : So barren lands imbibe the shower, But render neither fruit nor flower,

Unpleasant and ungrateful.

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Shall win my confidence again, i
I will by no means entertaini

A spy ou my proceeding

These samples for alas! at last
These are but samples, and a taste

Of evils yet unmentioned
May prove the task a task indeed,
In which 'tis much if we succeed

However well-intentioned.

Pursue the search, and you will find
Good sense and knowledge of mankind

To be at least expedient, a
And after summing all the rest,
Religion ruling in the breast

A principal ingredient.

The noblest Friendship ever shewn
The Saviour's history makes known,

Though some have turned and turned it;
And whether being crazed or blind,
Or seeking with a biassed mind,

Have not, it seenis, discerned it,

Oh Friendship! if'my soul forega
Thy dear delights while here below:-
To mortify and grieve me,

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