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For any novelty, and show
Its variations rather.
Insensibility makes some
When most you need their pity;
Those playthings of the city.
The great and small but rarely meet
The attempt would scarce be madder,
Of an erected ladder.
Courtier and patriot cannot, mix
Without an effervescence,
Like that, a coalescence.
Religion should extinguish strife,
But even those who differ
No combatants are stiffer.
To prove, alas! my main intent,
No cutting and contriving;
With still less hope of thriving.
Then judge, or ere you choose your man
And, having made election,
Enfeeble his affection.
It is not timber, lead, and stone,
To finish a great building;
The carving and the gilding.
As similarity of mind,
First rivets our attention;
Must save it from declension.
The man who hails you Tom or Jack,
His sense of your great merit,
To pardon, or to bear it.
Some friends make this their prudent plan “Say little, and hear all you can;"
Safe policy, but hateful.
160 But render neither fruit nor flower,
Unpleasant and ungrateful.
They whisper trivial things, and small,
Things serious, deem improper;
Just like a simmering copper.
These samples (for alas! at last
Of evils yet unmentioned)
Pursue the theme, and you shall find
To be at least expedient;
And after summing all the rest,
A principal ingredient.
True friendship has, in short, a grace
That proves it heaven-descended:
To last till life is ended.