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In vain the talkative unite
The secret juft committed
And by themselves outwitted.
A man renowned for repartee
With friendship's fineft feeling,
By way of balm for healing.
Some fickle creatures boast a soul
Their love is fo precarious.
Courtier and patriot cannot mix
Without an effervescence,
A friendly coalescence.
Religion should extinguish ftrife,
But friends that chance to differ
No combatants are stiffer !
To prove at last my main intent
No cutting and contriving-
With still less hope of thriving.
Then judge yourself, and prove your man As circumspectly as you can,
And having made election, Beware no negligence of yours, Such as a friend but ill endures,
Enfeeble his affection.