What greater security exists than a secure friendship As a protection against foes? Wise men's friendship waxes like the crescent And fools', like the full moon, wanes. Being with good friends is like reading good books. More time you spend, more the delight. Friendship is not for merriment But for stern reproach when friends go astray. Identity of feelings makes friendship. No need for friends to meet and long together. A smiling face alone makes no friendship, But the heart should also smile with the face. Friendship saves from ruin, guides towards right, And shares the pain of distress. Swift as the hand seizing a slipping garment, Friendship acts to assuage a friend in distress. What is the throne of friendship? It is that resolve Of unfailing support given at all time. To boast, 'He means so much to me and I to him,' Merely demeans a friendship.