Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, DISAPPOINTMENT, by CHARLES LOUIS HENRY WAGNER

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DISAPPOINTMENT, by            
First Line: I said I had a friend
Last Line: I have a friend!
Subject(s): Friendship; Friendship - False Friends; Fair Weather Friends

I said I had a friend,
A worthy friend;
I gauged him by his daily word,
I plumed myself on strength inferred
As lent by him; somehow he heard
My need was great. Did aught he ever lend?
Not he;
I lost my friend!

I said I had a friend,
A kindly friend;
I proved him seemingly to ring
Like purest gold, and friendship's seasoning
Seemed evidenced. I bade him hear me sing
My burdened song. Think you he did attend?
Not he;
I lost my friend!

I said I had no friend,
No sincere friend;
I knew not friendship's sweetest bliss
Was near to me,—my sweetheart's kiss
Redeemed false loves. Not now I miss
My erstwhile friends. Think you she could pretend?
Not she;
I have a friend!

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