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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 carinot 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 ftrife,
And make a calm of human life;

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

No combatants are ftiffer !

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

No cutting and contriving-
Seeking a real friend we seem
To adopt the chymists 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 fight,

And even from suspicion.

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

And having made election, Beware no negligence of yours, Such as a friend but ill endures,

Enfeeble his affection.

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

That conftancy 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-
The palace were but half complete,
If he could poffibly 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 fimilarity of mind,
Or something not to be defined,

Firft fixes our attention;
So manners decent and polite,
The same we practised at firft fight,

Muft save it from declension.

Some act upon this prudent plan,
'« Say little and hear all you can."

Safe policy but hateful-
So barren sands 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 he,

No subterfuge or pleading
Shall win my.confidence again,
I will by no means entertain

A spy on my proceeding.

These samples--for alas! at laft
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,
And after summing all the reft,
Religion ruling in the breaft

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 biased mind,

Have not, it seems, discerned it.

Oh Friendship! if my soul forego Thy dear delights while here below;

To mortify and grieve me, May I myself at laft appear Unworthy, base, and insincere,

Or may my friend deceive me!

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