What is a friend? A friend is there in need.
In want and strife, when no one else is there;
Cry out his name and to your side he値l speed,
Make light your load, and half your burden share.
A friend is one who値l try to understand
Though your vices and faults he may despise,
He値l lend to you a firm, unwav池ing hand,
He値l counsel, you but never moralise.
A friend won稚 sell you short of what you池e worth,
He値l tolerate you when you act the fool,
Though you may be the biggest dupe on Earth,
He値l never hold you up to ridicule.
A friend is like a brother, only more:
Has he not one, a billionaire is poor.
[The above was first published in A Purpose Strong And Bright.]
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