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Samuel Johnson (Сэмюэл Джонсон)


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. 

Samuel Johnson's other poems:
  1. To Mrs. Thrale On Her Completing Her Thirty-Fifth Year
  2. On The Death Of Stephen Grey, F.R.S.
  3. Written At The Request Of A Gentleman To Whom A Lady Had Given A Sprig Of Myrtle
  4. On Hearing Miss Thrale Consulting with a Friend About a Gown and Hat
  5. Parody of a Translation from the Medea of Euripides

Poems of other poets with the same name (Стихотворения других поэтов с таким же названием):

  • William Cowper (Уильям Купер) Friendship ("What virtue, or what mental grace")
  • Hartley Coleridge (Хартли Кольридж) Friendship ("WHEN we were idlers with the loitering rills")

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