Samuel Johnson

(1709 - 1784 / Lichfield / England)

Friendship


Friendship! peculiar boon of Heaven,
The noble mind's delight and pride,
To men and angels only given,
To all the lower world denied.

While love, unknown among the bless'd,
Parent of thousand wild desires,
The savage and the human breast
Torments alike with raging fires.

With bright, but oft destructive gleam,
Alike o'er all his lightnings fly,
Thy lambent glories only beam
Around the favourites of the sky.

Thy gentle flows of guiltless joys
On fools and villains ne'er descend;
In vain for thee the tyrant sighs,
And hugs a flatterer for a friend.

Directness of the brave and just,
Oh guide us through life's darksome way!
And let the tortures of mistrust
On selfish bosoms only prey.

Nor shall thine ardours cease to glow,
When souls to peaceful climes remove.
What raised our virtue here below
Shall aid our happiness above.

Submitted: Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

What do you think this poem is about?



Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (Friendship by Samuel Johnson )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

PoemHunter.com Updates

New Poems

  1. Uplifting One Another, Edward Kofi Louis
  2. Kelita, Edward Kofi Louis
  3. Feliciano, Edward Kofi Louis
  4. Peccary - Lincoln Park Zoo, Ima Ryma
  5. > You <, Aparna Chatterjee
  6. The Seasons, Sandra Feldman
  7. The moon, gajanan mishra
  8. Jenin, Nathalie Handal
  9. Even, Nathalie Handal
  10. Haiku A Child's Eyes, Kwai Chee Low

Poem of the Day

poet Sir John Suckling

Dost see how unregarded now
That piece of beauty passes?
There was a time when I did vow
To that alone;
But mark the fate of faces;
...... Read complete »

 

Modern Poem

poet Elizabeth Bishop

 

Member Poem

Trending Poems

  1. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  2. Daffodils, William Wordsworth
  3. Phenomenal Woman, Maya Angelou
  4. If You Forget Me, Pablo Neruda
  5. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  6. Sonnet I, Sir John Suckling
  7. Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night, Dylan Thomas
  8. bra maidenform, rwetewrt erwtwer
  9. Being With You, Heather Burns
  10. Dreams, Langston Hughes

Trending Poets

[Hata Bildir]