from “The Thousandth Man”

“One man in a thousand, Soloman says,

       Will stick more close than a brother,

And it’s worth while seeking him half your days

     If you find him before the otherl.

Nine hundred and ninety nine depend

     On what the world sees in you,

But the thousandth man will stand your friend

     With the whole round world agin you.

Nine hundred and ninety nine can’t bide,

     The shame and mocking and laughter.

But the thousandth man will stand by your side

     To the gallows feet = and after.

from a longer work by Rudyard Kipling

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