15 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 famous poems about friendship 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.

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  1. Emblems Of Friendship
    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!



  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.



  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.




  4. positive famous friendship poems


    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!


  5. 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



  6. 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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  8. How Beautiful Is Youth!
     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!



  9. Love & Friendship
    Poet: Eloise A. Skimings

    Like a rosebud opening in spring
    Thy name is soft and sweet;
    Filling the heart with rapturous throbs
    When thou art by.

    Like the dew on the morning flowers
    Before the sun's rays fall,
    Love and friendship hover around us
    When thou art nigh.



  10. 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.



  11. 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



  12. 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



  13. 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 The Making Of Friends



  14. Wanted, A Friend
    Poet: Edward Rowland Sill

    The applicant must be rather old,
    In order to be fitted to give advice
    A limited amount of it wisely;

    And at the same time rather young,
    In order to receive it in liberal quantity
    And in a meek frame of mind.

    He must be of medium height, intellectually, and
    In the enjoyment of robust spiritual health.
    A written guarantee must be given of freedom
    From all contagious defects of character!



  15. A Friend Or Two
    Poet: Wilbur D. Nesbit

    There is all of pleasure and all of peace,
    In a friend or two.
    And all your troubles may find release,
    In a friend or two.
    It's in the grip of a friendly hand
    On native soil or in foreign land,
    But the world is made — do you understand? —
    Of a friend or two.



  16. How To Have Friends
    Poet: David V Bush

    And would you have a host of friends.
    On land or on the sea?
    If that you would - just bear in mind:.
    That YOU a friend must be.

    And would you have the greatest joy,
    A joy that you can lend?
    Go slip your hand into his palm
    And say, "I am your friend."


  17. Friends
    Poet: Dr. Rosalie Carter

    I think that God will never send
    A gift so precious as a friend,
    A friend who always understands
    And fills each need as it demands
    Whose loyalty will stand the test,
    When skies are bright or overcast.

    Who sees the faults that merit blame.
    But keeps on loving just the same;
    Who does far more than creeds could do
    To make us good, to make us true,
    Earth's gifts a sweet enjoyment lend
    But only God can give a friend.


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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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