If You Have A Friend
If you have a friend worth loving,
Love him. Yes, and let him know
That you love him, ere life’s evening
Tinge his brow with sunsets glow.
Why should good words ne’er be said
Of a friend–till he is dead?
If you hear a song that thrills you
Sung by any child of song,
Praise it. Do not let the singer
Wait deserved praises long.
Why should one who thrills your heart
Lack the joy you may impart?
If you hear a prayer that moves you
By its humble, pleading tone,
Join it. Do not let the seeker
Bow before his God alone.
Why should not your brother share
The strength of “two or three” in prayer?
If you see hot tears falling
From a brothers weeping eyes,
Share them. And by kindly sharing
Our own kinship in the skies.
Why should anyone be glad
Whan a brother’s heart is sad?
If a silvery laugh goes rippling
Through the sunshine on his face,
Share it. Tis the wish man’s saying
For both grief and joy a place.
There’s health and goodness in the mirth
In which an honest laugh has birth.
If your work is made more easy
By a friendly helping hand,
Say so. Speak out brave and truly
Ere a darkness veil the land.
Should a brother workman dear
Falter for a word of cheer?
Scatter thus your seeds of kindness
All encircling as you go–
Leave them. Trust the Harvest Giver;
He will make each seed to grow.
So until the happy end
Your life will never lack a friend.