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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?

LAMBThe 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. LINCOLNReply to Missouri Committee of

Seventy. (1864)


O friend! O best of friends! Thy absence more Than the impending night darkens the landscape

o'er! LONGFELLOW-Christus. Pt. II. The Golden

Legend. I.

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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;
Expertus metuit.

To have a great man for an intimate friend seems pleasant to those who have never tried it; those who have, fear it.

HORACEEpistles. I. 18. 86. True friends appear less mov'd than counterfeit. HORACEOf 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.


Quien te conseja encobria de tus amigos.
Engañar te quiere assaz, y sin testigos.

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. MULOCKThirty 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.




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. HERDERDenksprüche. 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;
And many friendships in the days of time
Begun, are lasting here, and growing still.

POLLOK—Course of Time. Bk. V. L. 336.

Friends given by God in mercy and in love;
My counsellors, my comforters, and guides;
My joy in grief, my second bliss in joy;
Companions of my young desires; in doubt
My oracles; my wings in high pursuit.
Oh! I remember, and will ne'er forget
Our meeting spots, our chosen sacred hours;
Our burning words, that utter'd all the soul,
Our faces beaming with unearthly love;-
Sorrow with sorrow sighing, hope with hope
Exulting, heart embracing heart entire.

POLLOK Course of Time. Bk. V. L. 315.
Absent or dead, still let a friend be dear,
(A sigh the absent claims, the dead a tear.)

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.

POPEEssay 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
That visit my sad heart.
Julius Cæsar. Act II. Sc. 1. L. 290.

(See also GRAY)


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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.

L. 211.



Words are easy, like the wind;
Faithful friends are hard to find.
Attributed to SHAKESPEARE-Passionate Pil-

grim. In Notes and Queries, June, 1918. P.
174, it is suggested that the lines are by
BARNFIELD, being a piracy from JAGGARD'S
publication, (1599) a volume containing lit-
tle of Shakespeare, the majority being pieces

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 TAYLORDiscourse 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.



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To hear him speak, and sweetly smile
You were in Paradise the while.
SIR PHILIP SIDNEY-Friend's Passion for his

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.

Fidus Achates.

Faithful Achates (companion of Æneas).
VERGIÆneid. VI. 158.



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.
I have friends in Spirit Land, -
Not shadows in a shadowy band,
Not others but themselves are they,
And still I think of them the same
As when the Master's summons came.

WHITTIER—Lucy Hooper.
Poets, like friends to whom you are in debt,

WYCHERLEYThe 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.

YOUNGNight 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.

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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 ADDISONThe Campaign. L. 102.

salt must be eaten before the duties of friend

ship can be discharged.
The friendships of the world are oft

CICERO—De Amicitia. XIX.
Confederacies in vice, or leagues of pleasure;
Ours has severest virtue for its basis,

Friendship is a sheltering tree.
And such a friendship ends not but with life. COLERIDGE-Youth and Age.
ADDISON—Cato. Act III. Sc. 1.

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. LONGFELBANCROFTHistory 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? BLAIRThe Grave. L. 87.

DICKENSOld 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,

L. 47.
And days o' lang syne?
BURNS — Auld Lang Syne. BURNS

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.
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
Though they return with scars.

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-
With friends there is not such a word as debt:
Where amity is ty'd with band of truth,

ÉMERSONEssays. Of Friendship.
All benefits are there in common set.

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.

EMERSONEssays. Of Friendship.





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“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!” LONGFELLOWThe Courtship of Miles Stand

ish. Priscilla. Pt. VI. L. 22.




Nulla fides regni sociis omnisque potestas
Impatiens consortis erit.

There is no friendship between those associated in power; he who rules will always be impatient of an associate. LUCANPharsalia. 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. HOMERIliad. 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,
For Friendship sounds too cold.

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 MORRISDream 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 men and angels only given,

To all the lower world denied.
SAMUEL JOHNSONFriendship. An Ode.



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.


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