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A Friends Greeting

I'd like to be the sort of friend
that you have been to me;
I'd like to be the help that you've been
always glad to be;
I'd like to mean as much to you each
minute of the day
As you have meant, old friend of mine,
to me along the way.

I'd like to do the big things and the
splendid things for you,
To brush the gray from out your skies
and leave them only blue;
I'd like to say the kindly things that I
so oft have heard,
And feel that I could rouse your soul
the way that mine you've stirred.

I'd like to give you back the joy that
you have given to me,
Yet that were wishing you a need I
I hope will never be;

I'd like to make you feel as rich as I,
who travel on
Undaunted in the darkest hours with
you to lean upon.

I'm wishing as the days go on that I
could but repay
A portion of the gladness that you've
strewn along my way;
And could I have one wish this year,
this only would it be:
I'd like to be the sort of friend that
you have been to me.

(Edgar A Guest)

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