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Dear lost companions of my tuneful art,
Dear as the light that visits these sad eyes, Dear as the ruddy drops that warm my heart. GRAY—The Bard. St. 3.
(See also JULIUS CÆSAR. II. 1) 6 A favourite has no friend.
GRAY-On a Favourite Cat Drowned. St. 6. 7
We never know the true value of friends. While they live, we are too sensitive of their faults; when we have lost them, we only see their virtues.
J. C. AND A. W. HARE—Guesses at Truth.
Friend of my bosom, thou more than a brother, Why wert not thou born in my father's dwelling?
LAMB—The Old Familiar Faces. 19
I desire so to conduct the affairs of this administration that if at the end, when I come to lay down the reins of power, I have lost every other friend on earth, I shall at least have one friend left, and that friend shall be down inside of me. LINCOLN—Reply to Missouri Committee of
O friend! O best of friends! Thy absence more Than the impending night darkens the landscape
o'er! LONGFELLOW-Christus. Pt. II. The Golden
Ah, how good it feels! The hand of an old friend. LONGFELLOW-New England Tragedies. John
Endicott. Act IV. Sc. 1.
Dulcis inexpertis cultura potentis amici;
To have a great man for an intimate friend seems pleasant to those who have never tried it; those who have, fear it.
HORACE—Epistles. I. 18. 86. True friends appear less mov'd than counterfeit. HORACE–Of the Art of Poetry. L. 486. WENTWORTH DILLON's trans.
The new is older than the old; And newest friend is oldest friend in this: That, waiting him, we longest grieved to miss One thing we sought.
HELEN HUNT JACKSON—My New Friend.
Quien te conseja encobria de tus amigos.
He who advises you to be reserved to your friends wishes to betray you without witnesses. MANUEL CONDE LUCANOR. 26 Let the falling out of friends be a renewing of affection. LYLY-Euphues.
(See also BURTON under LOVE)
13 Faithful are the wounds of a friend.
Proverbs. XXVII. 6.
Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.
Proverbs. XXVII. 17.
Women, like princes, find few real friends.
LORD LYTTLETON-Advice to a Lady. St. 2. Friends are like melons. Shall I tell you why? To find one good, you must a hundred try.
CLAUDE MERMET—Epigram on Friends.
3 As we sail through life towards death, Bound unto the same port-heaven,Friend, what years could us divide? D. M. MULOCK—Thirty Years. A Christmas
Blessing. We have been friends together In sunshine and in shade. CAROLINE E. S. NORTON–We Have Been
Mine own familiar friend.
Psalms. XLI. 9.
16 There is no treasure the which may be compared
unto a faithful friend; Gold soone decayeth, and worldly wealth con
sumeth, and wasteth in the winde; But love once planted in a perfect and pure
minde indureth weale and woe; The frownes of fortune, come they never so un
kinde, cannot the same overthrowe. Roxburghe Ballads. The Bride's Good-Morrow.
Ed. by JOHN PAYNE COLLIER.
Cætera fortunæ, non mea, turba fuit.
The rest of the crowd were friends of my fortune, not of me. OVID-Tristium. I. 5. 34.
6 Prosperity makes friends and adversity tries
them. Idea found in PLAUTUS-Stich. IV. 1. 16.
OVID-Ep. ex Ponto. II. 3. 23. OVID Trist. 1. 9. 5. ENNIUS—Cic. Amicit. Ch. XVII. METASTASTI0_Olimpiade. III. 3. HERDER—Denksprüche. CALDERON-Secret in Words. Act III. Sc. 3. MENANDER -Ex Incest. Comoed. P. 272. ARISTOTLEEthics VIII. 4. EURIPIDES—Hecuba. L. 1226.
Dear is my friend—yet from my foe, as from my
friend, comes good: My friend shows what I can do, and my foe what
I should. SCHILLER—Votive Tablets. Friend and Foe. 18 Keep thy friend Under thy own life's key. All's Well That Ends Well. Act I. Sc. 1. L. 75.
We still have slept together, Rose at an instant, learn’d, play'd, eat together; And wheresoe'er we went, like Juno's swans, Still we went coupled and inseparable.
As You Like It. Act I. Sc. 3. L. 75.
Those friends thou hast, and their adoption tried, Grapple them to thy soul with hoops of steel; But do not dull thy palm with entertainment Of each new-hatch'd, unfledg'd comrade.
Hamlet. Act I, Sc. 3. L. 59.
For who not needs shall never lack a friend, And who in want a hollow friend doth try, Directly seasons him his enemy.
Hamlet. Act III. Sc. 2. L. 217.
For all are friends in heaven, all faithful friends;
POLLOK—Course of Time. Bk. V. L. 336.
POLLOK Course of Time. Bk. V. L. 315.
POPE-Epistle to Robert, Earl of Oxford. Trust not yourself; but your defects to know, Make use of ev'ry friend-and ev'ry foe.
POPE—Essay on Criticism. L. 214. Ah, friend! to dazzle let the vain design; To raise the thought and touch the heart be
thine. POPE-Moral Essays. Ep. II. L. 248. 12
A man that ath fri must sho himself friendly; and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.
Proverbs. XVIII. 24.
Where you are liberal of your loves and counsels Be sure you be not loose; for those you make
friends And give your hearts to, when they once perceive The least rub in your fortunes, fall away Like water from ye, never found again But where they mean to sink ye.
Henry VIII. Act II. Sc. 1. L. 126.
As dear to me as are the ruddy drops
(See also GRAY)
I would be friends with you and have your love.
Merchant of Venice. Act I. Sc. 3. L. 139. Two lovely berries moulded on one stem: So, with two seeming bodies, but one heart. Midsummer Night's Dream. Act III. Sc. 2.
Words are easy, like the wind;
grim. In Notes and Queries, June, 1918. P.
A good man is the best friend, and therefore soonest to be chosen, longer to be retained; and indeed, never to be parted with, unless he cease to be that for which he was chosen. JEREMY TAYLOR-A Discourse of the Nature,
Measures, and Offices of Friendship. Choose for your friend him that is wise and good, and secret and just, ingenious and honest, and in those things which have a latitude, use your own liberty. JEREMY TAYLOR—Discourse of the Nature,
Measures, and Offices of Friendship. When I choose my friend, I will not stay till I have received a kindness; but I will choose such a one that can do me many if I need them; but I mean such kindnesses which make me wiser, and which make me better. JEREMY TAYLOR-Discourse of the Nature,
Measures, and Offices of Friendship. Then came your new friend: you began to
change I saw it and grieved.
TENNYSON—Princess. IV. L. 279.
To hear him speak, and sweetly smile
Astrophel. Attributed also to SPENSER and
Ego meorum solus sum meus.
Of my friends I am the only one I have left.
TERENCE-Phormio. IV. 1. 21.
Faithful Achates (companion of Æneas).
For to cast away a virtuous friend, I call as bad as to cast away one's own life, which one loves best. SOPHOCLES—Edipus Tyrannis. OXFORD trans.
Revised by BUCKLEY.
God save me from my friends, I can protect myself from my enemies. Attributed to MARSHAL DE VILLARS on taking
leave of Louis XIV.
For whoever knows how to return a kindness he has received must be a friend above all price. SOPHOCLES-Philoctetes. OXFORD trans. Re
vised by BUCKLEY. 'Tis something to be willing to commend; But my best praise is, that I am your friend. SOUTHERNE-TO MR. CONGREVE on the Old
Bachelor. Last lines. 10 It's an owercome sooth fo'
an' youth, And it brooks wi' nae denial, That the dearest friends are the auldest friends,
And the young are just on trial. STEVENSON_Underwoods. It's an Owercome
Sooth. 11 Amici vitium ni feras, prodis tuum.
Unless you bear with the faults of a friend you betray your own. ŠYRUS-Maxims.
A slender acquaintance with the world must convince every man, that actions, not words, are the true criterion of the attachment of friends; and that the most liberal professions of good-will are very far from being the surest marks of it. GEORGE WASHINGTON Social Maxims.
Friendship. Actions, not Words.
WYCHERLEY—The Plain Dealer. Prologue. And friend received with thumps upon the back. YOUNG-Love of Fame. Satire I.
(See also COWPER) 25 A friend is worth all hazards we can run.
YOUNG—Night Thoughts. Night II. L. 571. A foe to God was ne'er true friend to man, Some sinister intent taints all he does.
YOUNG—Night Thoughts. Night VIII. L. 704.
FRIENDSHIP (See also FRIENDS)
Vulgo dicitur multos modios salis simul edenGreat souls by instinct to each other turn, dos esse, ut amicitia munus expletum sit. Demand alliance, and in friendship burn.
It is a common saying that many pecks of ADDISON—The Campaign. L. 102.
salt must be eaten before the duties of friend
ship can be discharged.
CICERO—De Amicitia. XIX.
Friendship is a sheltering tree.
Then come the wild weather, come sleet or come The friendship between me and you I will not Snow, compare to a chain; for that the rains might We will stand by each other, however it blow. rust, or the falling tree might break.
SIMON DACH-Annie of Tharaw. LONGFELBANCROFT—History of the United States. Wm. Low's trans. L. 7. Penn's Treaty with the Indians.
What is the odds so long as the fire of souls is Friendship! mysterious cement of the soul, kindled at the taper of conwiviality, and the Sweet'ner of life, and solder of society.
wing of friendship never moults a feather? BLAIR—The Grave. L. 87.
DICKENS—Old Curiosity Shop. Ch. II. 5
Hand Grasps at hand, eye lights eye in good friendship, Fan the sinking flame of hilarity with the wing And great hearts expand
of friendship; and pass the rosy wine. And grow one in the sense of this world's life. DICKENS— Old Curiosity Shop. Ch. VII. ROBERT BROWNING—Saul. St. 7.
For friendship, of itself a holy tie, Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
Is made more sacred by adversity. And never brought to mind?
DRYDEN—The Hind and the Panther. Pt. III. Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
refers to Friendships begin with liking or gratitude these words as an old folk song. Early ver roots that can be pulled up. sion in JAMES Watson's Collection of Scot GEORGE ELIOT-Daniel Deronda. Bk. IV. tish Songs. (1711)
Ch. XXXII. 7 Should old acquaintance be forgot,
So, if I live or die to serve my friend, And never thought upon.
'Tis for my love'tis for my friend alone, From an old poem by ROBERT AYTON of Kin And not for any rate that friendship bears caldie.
In heaven or on earth. 8
GEORGE ELIOT-Spanish Gypsy.
Friendship should be surrounded with cereALLAN RAMSAY's Version. See his Tea-Table monies and respects, and not crushed into cor
Miscellany. (1724) Transferred after to ners. Friendship requires more time than poor, JOHNSON'S Musical Museum. See S. J. A. busy men can usually command.
FITZGERALD's Stories of Famous Songs. EMERSON—Essays. Behavior. Friendship is Love without his wings!
The highest compact we can make with our BYRON-L'Amitié est l'Amour sans Ailes. St. 1.
fellow is, -Let there be truth between us two (See also HARE)
forevermore. * It is sublime to feel and 10
say of another, I need never meet, or speak, or In friendship I early was taught to believe; write to him; we need not reinforce ourselves or
send tokens of remembrance; I rely on him as I have found that a friend may profess, yet de on myself; if he did thus or thus, I know it was ceive.
right. BYRON—Lines_addressed to the Rev. J. T. EMERSON—Essays. Behavior.
Becher. St. 7. 11 Oh, how you wrong our friendship, valiant youth: ship to signify modish and worldly alliances.
I hate the prostitution of the name of friend-
ÉMERSON—Essays. Of Friendship.
The condition which high friendship demands 12
is ability to do without it. Secundas res splendidiores facit amicitia, et
EMERSON—Essays. Of Friendship. adversas partiens communicansque leviores.
Friendship makes prosperity brighter, while There can never be deep peace between two it lightens adversity by sharing its griefs and spirits, never mutual respect, until, in their diaanxieties.
logue, each stands for the whole world. CICERO—De Amicitia. VI.
EMERSON—Essays. Of Friendship.
“You will forgive me, I hope, for the sake of the
friendship between us, Which is too true and too sacred to be so easily
broken!” LONGFELLOW—The Courtship of Miles Stand
ish. Priscilla. Pt. VI. L. 22.
Nulla fides regni sociis omnisque potestas
There is no friendship between those associated in power; he who rules will always be impatient of an associate. LUCAN—Pharsalia. I. 92.
Friendship is Love, without either flowers or veil. J. C. AND A. W. HARE—Guesses at Truth.
(See also BYRON) Fast as the rolling seasons bring
The hour of fate to those we love, Each pearl that leaves the broken string
Is set in Friendship’s crown above. As narrower grows the earthly chain,
The circle widens in the sky; These are our treasures that remain,
But those are stars that beam on high. HOLMES—Songs of Many Seasons. Our Class
mate, F.W.C., 1864. A generous friendship no cold medium knows, Burns with one love, with one resentment glows; One should our interests and our passions be, My friend must hate the man that injures me. HOMER—Iliad. Bk. IX. L. 725. POPE'S
My fair one, let us swear an eternal friendship. MOLIÈRE—Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme. Act IV.
Sc. 1. (See also FRERE)
Oh, call it by some better name,
MOORE-Oh, call it by some better Name.
Forsooth, brethren, fellowship is heaven and lack of fellowship is hell; fellowship is life and lack of fellowship is death; and the deeds that ye do upon the earth, it is for fellowship's sake that ye do them. WILLIAM MORRIS—Dream of John Ball. Ch.
If a man does not make new acquaintances, as he advances through life, he will soon find himself left alone. A man, Sir, should keep his friendship in constant repair.
SAMUEL JOHNSON-Boswell's Life. (1755)
Vulgus amicitias utilitate probat.
The vulgar herd estimate friendship by its advantages. OVID—Epistolæ Ex Ponto. II. 3. 8.
Friendship, peculiar boon of Heaven,
The noble mind's delight and pride,
To all the lower world denied.
Scilicet ut fulvum spectatur in ignibus aurum Tempore in duro est inspicienda fides.
As the yellow gold is tried in fire, so the faith of friendship must be seen in adversity. OVID-Tristium. I. 5. 25.
The endearing elegance of female friendship.
SAMUEL JOHNSON--Rasselas. Ch. XLVI.