He that is thy friend indeed,
He will help thee in thy need:
If thou sorrow, he will weep;
If thou wake he cannot sleep;
Thus of every grief in heart
He with thee doth bear a part.
These are certain things to know
Faithful friend from flattering foe.
An extract taken from The Nightingale by Richard Barnfield included in the first publication (1599) of Shakespeare’s ~ The Passionate Pilgrim ~ and often mistakenly assumed to be his.