11 Famous Friendship Poems

Enjoy our collection of famous friendship poems; classic poems to share with your friends. The poems were written many years ago but like that of a true friend, their famous words about friendship still apply today.

These poems have become famous because of the Poet's ability to express their thoughts about being friends and about what friendship means.

Share these friendship poems with people who have made a difference in your life - your friends! In our lives, we all need people we can depend on and friends along with family complete our life relationships. Great words for reflection on what constitutes friendship.


1. Emblems Of Friendship
Famous Poet: John Imrie, A Canadian Poet, 1846-1902

Friendship is a golden band
Linking life with life,
Heart to heart, and hand to hand,
Antidote to strife.

Friendship is a silken cord
Beautiful and strong,
Guarding, by each kindly word,
Loving hearts from wrong.

Friendship is a beacon-light
On life’s rocky shore,
Brightest in our darkest night
When the breakers roar.

Friendship is an iron shield
Where life’s cruel darts
Ever may be forced to yield
Ere they wound true hearts.

Friendship is the gift of God
Freely to us given,
As the flowers that gem the sod,
Or the light of heaven!

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2.  A Time To Talk
Poet: Robert Frost

When a friend calls to me from the road
And slows his horse to a meaning walk,
I don't stand still and look around
On all the hills I haven't hoed,
And shout from where I am, 'What is it?'
No, not as there is a time to talk.
I thrust my hoe in the mellow ground,
Blade-end up and five feet tall,
And plod: I go up to the stone wall
For a friendly visit.

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3.  Love and Friendship
By Sydney Smith

I am for frank explanations with friends in case of affronts
sometimes save a perishing friendship;
sometimes they even place it on a firmer basis than before.
Secret discontent always end badly.

And by the way,
we ought to remember that the word friendship applies to
relationships in the family quite as much as with outsiders.

Somebody once said that love may not be
any part of friendship
but friendship must always
exist for love to be happy.

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Wise words about what friendship is and is not. Love in a friendship is a two way street.
Let the verses be ones that remind you about loving a friend!


4.  Friendship Thoughts
Famous Theologian: St. Augustine, Bishop of Hippo, 354 - 430

The love of friendship should be gratuitous.
You ought not to have
or to love a friend for what he will give you.

If you love him for the reason that
he will supply you with money or some other temporal favor,
you love the gift rather than him.

A friend should be loved freely for himself,
and not for anything else.

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5.  The Arrow and The Song
Famous Poet: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, American Poet, 1807 - 1882

I shot an arrow into the air,
It fell to earth, I knew not where;
For, so swiftly it flew, the sight
Could not follow it in its flight.

I breathed a song into the air,
It fell to earth, I knew not where;
For who has sight so keen and strong,
That it can follow the flight of song?

Long, long afterward, in an oak
I found the arrow, still unbroke;
And the song, from beginning to end,
I found again in the heart of a friend.

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6.  How Beautiful Is Youth!
Famous Poet: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

How bright it gleams
With its illusions,
aspirations,
dreams!

Book of beginnings.
Story without end.
Each maid a heroine
And each man
A friend!

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7.  Never Go Back On A Friend!
Poet: John Imrie

In the pathway of life,
Mid its trials and strife,
There's a motto to you I commend:
In life's ups and its downs,
In its crosses or crowns,
You must never go back on a friend!

Thou your friends may be few,
Let them feel that in you
And your word they can ever depend;
To preserve your good name
From contumely and shame
You must scorn to go back on a friend!

There are times when you can't
Keep engagements you want;
Don't neglect explanations to send;
Just as true as you live,
They will freely forgive
And not say you went back on a friend!

Should a friend be in need
Of advice or kind deed,
Don't begrudge him your comfort to lend;
He will bless you at last,
When his troubles are past
In adversity stand by your friend!

Thou the seas ebb and flow,
Let your friends ever know,
You are faithful and true to the end;
Should misfortune betide,
They will stand by your side,
For YOU never went back on a friend!

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8.  Work For Friendship
Poet: J. J. Thorne

The duties of friendship to perform,
Will keep our thoughts wide awake;
Make life true and warm,
For friendship's sake.

Cursed is he that makes envy,
Lies, tattles and fraternity break;
Speak in praise and speak the truth,
For friendship's sake.

Love warms and never alarms,
Sweet as lilies of the lake;
Row your boat and gather charms.
For friendship's sake.

If peace and harmony through human regard,
We desire to make;
We will work if it be hard;
For friendship's sake.

In pursuit and plod for wealth,
Let honesty hold the stake;
Do not hate the man of stealth,
For friendship's sake.

Live upright, honest and fair,
Give rather than take;
In brotherly love do you share.
For friendship's sake.

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9. Be A Friend
by Edgar A. Guest

Be a friend. You don't need money:
Just a disposition sunny;
Just the wish to help another
Get along some way or other....
Read the complete poem,
Be A Friend


10.  A Friend's Greeting
by Edgar A. Guest

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...
Read more
A Friend's Greeting


11.   The Making Of Friends
by Edgar A. Guest

If nobody smiled and nobody cheered and nobody helped us along,
If each every minute looked after himself and good things all went to the strong,
If nobody cared just a little for you, and nobody thought about me,
And we stood all alone to the battle of life, what a dreary old world it would be!
More verses
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From these classic poems we hope you have found verses to share with your friends. And may these famous poets remind you of the importance of friends in our lives. Being a good friend gives you companionship and relationships that are to be valued and treasured. A bond like no other!

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