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In vain the talkative unite
In hopes of permanent delight-

The secret juft committed
Forgetting its important weight,
They drop through mere defire to prate,

And by themselves outwitted.

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A man renowned for repartee
Will feldom scruple to make free

With friendship's fineft feeling,
Will thruft a dagger at your breaft,
And say he wounded you in jeft,

By way of balm for healing.

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Some fickle creatures boast a soul
True as a needle to the pole,
• Their humour yet to various
They manifest their whole life through
The needle's deviations too,

Their love is fo precarious.

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Courtier and patriot cannot mix
Their heterogeneous politics

Without an effervescence,
Like that of falts with lemon juice,
Which does not yet like that produce

A friendly coalescence.

Religion should extinguish ftrife,
And make a calm of human life;

But friends that chance to differ
On points, which God has left at large,
How freely will they meet and charge,

No combatants are stiffer !

To prove at last my main intent
Needs no expence of argument,

No cutting and contriving-
Seeking a real friend we seem
To adopt the chymifts golden dream,

With still less hope of thriving.

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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.

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