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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume I. Of Home: of Friendship.  1904.
Poems of Friendship
“We have been friends together”
Caroline Elizabeth Sarah (Sheridan) Norton (1808–1877)
WE have been friends together
  In sunshine and in shade,
Since first beneath the chestnut-tree
  In infancy we played.
But coldness dwells within thy heart,        5
  A cloud is on thy brow;
We have been friends together,
  Shall a light word part us now?
We have been gay together;
  We have laughed at little jests;        10
For the fount of hope was gushing
  Warm and joyous in our breasts,
But laughter now hath fled thy lip,
  And sullen glooms thy brow;
We have been gay together,        15
  Shall a light word part us now?
We have been sad together;
  We have wept with bitter tears
O’er the grass-grown graves where slumbered
  The hopes of early years.        20
The voices which were silent then
  Would bid thee cheer thy brow;
We have been sad together,
  Shall a light word part us now?

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