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Contents of Ode to Friendship

by Sangharakshita

AN ODE TO FRIENDSHIP

by Dr Samuel Johnson
Friendship! Peculiar boon of heaven,
The noble mind's delight and pride,
To Men and Angels only given,
To all the lower world deny'd.
While love, a stranger to the blest,
Parent of thousand wild desires,
The human and the savage breast
Inflames alike with raging fires.
With bright, but oft destructive gleam,
Alike o'er all his lightnings fly;
Thy lambent glories only beam
Around the fav'rites of the sky.
Directress of the brave and just,
O guide me through life's darksome way,
And let the tortures of mistrust
On selfish bosoms only prey.
Thy gentle flows of guiltless joys
On fools and villains ne'er descend;
In vain for thee the monarch sighs
And hugs a flatterer for a friend.
When Virtues kindred Virtues meet,
And sister souls together join,
Thy pleasures, permanent as great,
Are all transporting, all divine.
Oh, must their ardours cease to glow
When souls to blissful climes remove?
What rais'd our Virtues here below,
Shall aid our Happiness above.

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