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 kuowi),

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, i

Such as a friend but ill endures,

Enfeeble his affection.

That secrets are a sacred trust;

That friends should be sincere and jusr,

That constancy befits them;
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—

Tlie palace were blat half complete.
If hc-could possibly forget
The carving and the gilding.

The man that hails you Tom or Jack,
And 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;
So manners decent and polite.
The same we practised at first sigh^

Must save it from declension.

Some act upon this prudent plan,
""Say little andhear all you can."

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

Unpleasant and ungrateful.

The man I trust', if shy to me,

Shall find me as reserved as he;

No subterfuge or pleading

I will by no means entertain
A spy on my proceeding.

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

Of evils yet uiimentioned—
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.
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 5
And whether being crazed or blind,
Or seeking with a biassed mind,

Have not, it seems, discerned it,


Oh Friendship! if'my soul forego
Thy dear delights while here bekw';
To mortify and grieve me,

May I myself at last appear
Unworthy, base, and insincere,
Or may my friend deceive met


Subjoined to the Yearly Bill of Mortality of the Parish of



.Anno Domini 1787.

Pallida Mcrt •tquo fulsat fede fttuperum tdiertut:,
Regwnque turret.

Pile death with equal foot strikes wide the doer
Oftoyal halls, and hovds of the poor.

While thirteen moons saw smoothly ran
The Nen's barge-laden wave,

All these, life's rambling journey done,
Have found their home, the grave.

Was man (frail always) made more frail

Than in foregoing years?
Did famine or did plague prevail.

That so much death appears?

No; these were vigorous as their sires.

Nor plague nor famine came; This annual tribute death requires.

And never wares hisclaim.

Like crowded forest-trees we stand.

And some are marked to fall; The axe will smite at God's command,

And soon shall smite us all.

Green as the bay-tree, ever green,

With its new foliage on, The gay, the thoughtless, I have seen—

I passed—and they were gone.

Read, ye that run, the solemn truth,
With which I charge my page;

A worm is in the bud of youth,
And at the root of age.

No present health can health insure

For yet an hour to come;
No medicine, though it often cure,.

Can always baulk the tomb.

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