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Hunt and Lee, comps.  The Book of the Sonnet.  1867.
Sonnets to Winter
IV. Old Friends to Love
By John Esten Cooke (1830–1886)
OLD friends to love!—true soul bound to true soul
  With olden memories, and traces dear
  Of the dead past, claiming the happy tear
That still at sight of each will fondly roll!
Old friends! No sycophants of yesterday,        5
  With smiles and protestations never done,
  Bright summer-flies, true “lovers of the sun”
And all who bask beneath the golden ray.
Old friends! who on the battle-field of life,
  When closed the serried hosts in stormy fight,        10
  Have raised the buckler Friendship strong and bright,
And borne us bleeding from the mortal strife,
  Who heart-whole, pure in faith, once written friend,
  In life and death are true, unto the end!

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