All English Sonnets
One who from friends in adversity recoils
The greatest ornament of love impairs
The beauty of the humanity spoils
With outward show of pity. One who cares,
When friends are down and out, in a bind,-
He quickly comes and on their side appears-
And stands up to be counted. All unkind,
Resentful humiliations with them bears.
Without a word of pity uttered, said-
He with his very gift of presence shares
Their grief in mute defiance, of the dead
And hopeless hopes and fearful woes and oars.
That flow like molten lead, through his heart,
A true friend this way plays his humble part.