Nothing worse than befriending one untried, For friends once made should last forever. Friendship made without enquiries Can cause lifetime trouble. Make one a friend after knowing his nature, Family, fellows and flaws. A man of birth and scrupulous honour Is worth seeking even at a price. Seek a friend who will make you cry, Rail and rate when you go astray. Is there any yardstick better than adversity, To spread out and measure friends? It is a gain by itself if one gets away From the friendship of fools. Dwell not in thoughts that dim your spirit And befriend not those who desert in affliction. The thought of friend's betrayal in need Rankles even on the deathbed. Seek the friendship of the pure, and shake off The worthless even at a price.