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Poem by Samuel Johnson
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.
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