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Quotation by William Cowper
The man that hails you Tom or Jack,
And proves by thumps upon your back
How he esteems your merit,
Is such a friend, that one had need
Be very much his friend indeed
To pardon or to bear it.
William Cowper (1731–1800), British poet. repr. In Poetical Works, ed. H.S. Milford (1934). Friendship, l. 169-74 (written 1781, published 1800).
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