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The great and small but rarely meet
Plebeians must surrender,
Obscurity with splendour.
Some are so placid and serene
They sleep secure from waking;
Unmoved and without quaking.
Courtier and patriot carinot mix
Without an effervescence,
A friendly coalescence.
Religion should extinguish ftrife,
But friends that chance to differ
No combatants are ftiffer !
To prove at last my main intent
No cutting and contriving-
With still less hope of thriving.
Sometimes the fault is all our own,
By trespass or omission;
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 conftancy befits them,
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 fimilarity of mind,
Firft fixes our attention;
Muft save it from declension.
Some act upon this prudent plan,
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 laft
Of evils yet unmentioned
Pursue the search, and you will find
To be at least expedient,
A principal ingredient.
The noblest Friendship ever shewn
Though some have turned and turned it;
Have not, it seems, discerned it.