“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