needs no studied phrases,
Polished face, or winning wiles;
no lavish praises,
Friendship dons no surface smile.
follows Nature's diction,
Shuns the blandishments of Art,
truth from fiction,
Speaks the language of the heart.
favors no condition,
Scorns a narrow-minded creed,
Lovingly fulfills its
Be it word or be it deed.
cheers the faint and weary,
Makes the timid spirit brave,
Warns the erring,
lights the dreary,
Smoothes the passage to the grave.
- pure, unselfish friendship,
All through life's allotted span,
strengthens, widens, lengthens,
Man's relationship with man.