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Then judge yourself, and prove your man
And having made election,
yours, Such 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,
Are observations on the case,
That savour much of commonplace,
And all the world admits them.
But 'tis not timber, lead, and stone,
To finish a fine building-
The carving and the gilding.
The man that hails you Tom or Jack,
How he esteems your merit,
To pardon or to bear it.
As similarity of mind,
First fixes our attention;
So manners decent and polite,
Must save it from declension..
Some act upon this prudent plan,
Say little, and hear all you can.”
Safe policy, but hateful-
Unpleasant and ungrateful.
The man I trust, if shy to me,
No subterfuge or pleading
A spy on my proceeding.
These samples for alas! at last
Of evils yet unmention'd-
Pursue the search, and you will find
To be at least expedient,
A principal ingredient.
The noblest Friendship ever shown
Though some have turn’d and turn'd it;
O friendship! if my soul forego
To mortify and grieve me,
Or may my friend deceive me!
ON A MISCHIEVOUS BULL,
WHICH THE OWNER OF HIM SOLD AT THE AUTHOR'S
Go-Thou art all unfit to share
The pleasures of this place
Creatures of gentler race.
The squirrel here his hoard provides,
Aware of wintry storms,
Of rugged oaks for worms;
The sheep here smooths the knotted thorn
With frictions of her fleece;
And here I wander eve and morn,
Like her, a friend to peace.