A Tribute To Friendship

Love and Friendship
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I love you not only for what you are,
But for what I am when I am with you.
I love you not only for what you have made of yourself,
But for what you are making of me.

I love you for the part of me that you bring out.
I love you for putting your hand into my heaped up heart and passing over all the
Frivolous and foolish and weak things which you cannot help dimly seeing there;
And for drawing out into the light all the beautiful radiant belongings
That no one else had looked quite far enough to find.

I love you for ignoring the possibilities of the fool and weakling in me,
And for laying firm hold on the possibilities of good in me.
I love your closing your eyes to the discords in me and for adding to the
Music in me by worshipful listening.

I love you because you are helping me to make of the lumber of my life
Not a tavern, but a temple --
And of the words of me every day not a reproach, but a song.

I love you because you have done more than any creed could have done
To make me good, and more than any fate could have done to make me happy.
You have done it just by being yourself.

Perhaps that is what a friend means, after all.