Friendship, happily, is nothing new; but, for that matter, neither is life; yet each person finds it quite interesting to live and to learn how others have lived ; and so it is with the beauti ful experience of friendship.
Homer sings it in the early litera ture and Emerson analyzes it in the late; the Old Testament gives us a beautiful example of it, and the New a higher one ; one of the chief works of Plato?” The Banquet”?extolled it, and one of the greatest poems of modern times?” In Memoriam “? grew from it as an exquisite plant from earth to light.
Yet the subject is inexhaustible, for individuality has its freest play in this relation. Indeed, the friendships we have at the same time with different persons differ as much as they do.