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TRUE FRIENDSHIP. 301
TRUE FRIENDSHIP.. I wander'd forth at eventide, .
And in the arch of night Two little starlets I descried, Which, trembling sweetly side by side,
Blended their mellow light.
And then I thought of friendship here
In this sad world of gloom: Thus 'tis with friends of heart sincere,— Each helps the other's path to cheer,
Making life's desert bloom.
I saw two flowers of modest sheen,
Which grew and bloom'd together,
And, smiling still the same, were seen
All sweetly wreathed in tender green,
Through storm and sunny weather.
And thus methought, e'en thus with friends
Of spirit kind and true,— They to each other sweetness lend, Their virtues and their talents blend,
Like blossoms of one hue.
Friendship—it is a priceless gem,
Of pure, intrinsic worth; A poet's richest diadem, A star whose lustre ne'er grows dim,
A fadeless flower of earth.