Henry David Thoreau

(12 July 1817 – 6 May 1862 / Concord, Massachusetts)

Friendship - Poem by Henry David Thoreau

I think awhile of Love, and while I think,
Love is to me a world,
Sole meat and sweetest drink,
And close connecting link
Tween heaven and earth.

I only know it is, not how or why,
My greatest happiness;
However hard I try,
Not if I were to die,
Can I explain.

I fain would ask my friend how it can be,
But when the time arrives,
Then Love is more lovely
Than anything to me,
And so I'm dumb.

For if the truth were known, Love cannot speak,
But only thinks and does;
Though surely out 'twill leak
Without the help of Greek,
Or any tongue.

A man may love the truth and practise it,
Beauty he may admire,
And goodness not omit,
As much as may befit
To reverence.

But only when these three together meet,
As they always incline,
And make one soul the seat,
And favorite retreat,
Of loveliness;

When under kindred shape, like loves and hates
And a kindred nature,
Proclaim us to be mates,
Exposed to equal fates

And each may other help, and service do,
Drawing Love's bands more tight,
Service he ne'er shall rue
While one and one make two,
And two are one;

In such case only doth man fully prove
Fully as man can do,
What power there is in Love
His inmost soul to move


Two sturdy oaks I mean, which side by side,
Withstand the winter's storm,
And spite of wind and tide,
Grow up the meadow's pride,
For both are strong

Above they barely touch, but undermined
Down to their deepest source,
Admiring you shall find
Their roots are intertwined

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    A poem so full of love and compassion. (Report) Reply

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  • Narayanan Kutty Pozhath (4/24/2018 1:15:00 AM)

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  • (4/12/2018 6:04:00 AM)

    this one i love it and i dedicateit to amahl my friend (Report) Reply

  • (4/5/2018 7:55:00 PM)

    To my very Good Friend (Report) Reply

  • (3/17/2018 3:25:00 PM)

    I love you
    soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much
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  • (3/15/2018 8:42:00 PM)

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  • (3/13/2018 8:57:00 PM)

    Last two stanzas really takes it home.
    It’s anyone you have ever truly loved.
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  • (2/21/2018 9:15:00 AM)

    Amazing but long (Report) Reply

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  • (2/7/2018 4:33:00 PM)

    LOVE THIS! ! ! People long for life that is simpler than planned tied with a ribbon some people won't sail the sea cuz that's safer online to follow what's written by risk it all just to be with you (Report) Reply

  • Jez Brul (1/26/2018 10:31:00 AM)

    Speechless as I read the lines...wonderful write...10++++ (Report) Reply

  • (1/17/2018 1:18:00 AM)

    Brilliant, there's nothing more to say. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

Poem Edited: Thursday, July 13, 2017

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