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Nor luch as may awhile subsist
For vicious 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
Mutual attention is implied,
And constantly supported;
Our own as much distorted.
But will fincerity fuffice?
And must be made the basis;
All thining in their places.
A fretful temper will divide
By ceaseless sharp corrosion;
At one immense explosion.
In vain the talkative unite
The secret just committed
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 if success bis steps attend,
And hates him for encroaching.
Hence authors of illustrious name, Unless belied by common fame,
Are fadly prone to quarrel, To deem the wit a friend displays A tax upon their own just praise,
And pluck each others laurel.
A man renowned for repartee
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.
Whoever keeps an open ear
The trumpet of contention;
And rush into diffenfion.
A friendship, that in frequent fits
The sparks of disputation,
The thought of conflagration,
Some fickle creatures boast a soul
Their humour yet so varioụsThey manifest their whole life through : The needle's deviations too,
Their love is so precarious.
The great and small but rarely meet
Plebeians must surrender,
Obscurity with splendour.
Some are so placid and ferene
They sleep secure from waking;
And are indeed a bog, that bears
Unmoved and without quaking.
Courtier and patriot cannot mix
Without an effervescence,
A friendly coalescence.
Religion should extinguish firife,
But friends that chance to differ
No combatants are stiffer!
To prove at last my main intent
No cutting and contriving-
With still less hope of thriving.