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Poem by Samuel Johnson


Friendship


Friendship! peculiar boon of Heaven,
The noble mind's delight and pride,
To men and angels only given,
To all the lower world denied.

While love, unknown among the bless'd,
Parent of thousand wild desires,
The savage and the human breast
Torments alike with raging fires.

With bright, but oft destructive gleam,
Alike o'er all his lightnings fly,
Thy lambent glories only beam
Around the favourites of the sky.

Thy gentle flows of guiltless joys
On fools and villains ne'er descend;
In vain for thee the tyrant sighs,
And hugs a flatterer for a friend.

Directness of the brave and just,
Oh guide us through life's darksome way!
And let the tortures of mistrust
On selfish bosoms only prey.

Nor shall thine ardours cease to glow,
When souls to peaceful climes remove.
What raised our virtue here below
Shall aid our happiness above. 



Samuel Johnson


Samuel Johnson's other poems:
  1. To Myrtilis - The New Year's Offering
  2. London
  3. Parody of a Translation from the Medea of Euripides
  4. On Hearing Miss Thrale Consulting with a Friend About a Gown and Hat
  5. Drury-Lane Prologue Spoken by Mr. Garrick


Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • William Cowper Friendship ("What virtue, or what mental grace")
  • Hartley Coleridge Friendship ("WHEN we were idlers with the loitering rills")
  • Ralph Emerson Friendship ("A RUDDY drop of manly blood")
  • Ella Wilcox Friendship ("Dear friend, I pray thee, if thou wouldst be proving")

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