Take heed, learn wisdom hence, weak man,
And keep a good friend while you can;
If to your friend you are unkind,
E’en love will be against you join’d;
Reflect that every act you do
To strengthen him doth strengthen you;
To serve you he is willing-able-
Two twists will make the strongest cable,
To bind a friend and keep him steady,
To have him e’er in reach and ready.”
Seems fitting, still. Always.
A lesson to be learned.