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FRIENDSHIP, by            
First Line: Love on roses sweetly sleeps
Last Line: Vigil at the prison door!
Subject(s): Friendship


LOVE on roses sweetly sleeps,
But when storms their peril pour,
Hail to Friendship, she who keeps
Vigil at the prison door!

Love, the tyrant, makes to flow
Tears which when he will he dries;
On the chain fresh weight will throw,
To share the burden Friendship tries.

Love on roses sweetly sleeps,
But when storms their peril pour,
Hail to Friendship, she who keeps
Vigil at the prison door!

When late amid our hundred gaols
My muse had found the patriot's fate,
Scarce was she barred within the rails,
Friendship came rapping at the gate.

Love on roses sweetly sleeps,
But when storms their peril pour,
Hail to Friendship, she who keeps
Vigil at the prison door!

Thrice happy, who when freed from chains,
And hate, and pity's helpless sigh
Forgotten; thinks how 'mid his pains
Friendship stood undaunted by.

Love on roses sweetly sleeps,
But when storms their peril pour,
Hail to Friendship, she who keeps
Vigil at the prison door!

Friends, what is fame to him who's bent
'Neath tyranny? Let's quit renown,
Forego the marble monument
And pillowed sleep on couch of down.

Love on roses sweetly sleeps,
But when storms their peril pour,
Hail to Friendship, she who keeps
Vigil at the prison door!

In safe seclusion let us meet,
And laugh at winter's wasting touch;
I think e'en Time he may defeat,
Who's got from out the gaoler's clutch.

Love on roses sweetly slecps,
But when storms their peril pour,
Hail to Friendship, she who keeps
Vigil at the prison door!





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