During those intermittent moments, when one reflects on
love lost, opportunities missed, those dear who have passed
a sadness inevitably overwhelms:
a feeling of regret.
Yet, a thought of a good and constant friend
of emotional and kind support, someone to turn to in time of need,
helps to ease the pain and set things right again.
Be a good friend, you’re needed more than you might know.
by William Shakespeare
When to the sessions of sweet silent thought
I summon up remembrance of things past,
I sigh the lack of many a thing I sought,
And with old woes new wail my dear time’s waste:
Then can I drown an eye, unus’d to flow,
For precious friends hid in death’s dateless night,
And weep afresh love’s long since cancell’d woe,
And moan the expense of many a vanish’d sight:
Then can I grieve at grievances foregone,
And heavily from woe to woe tell o’er
The sad account of fore-bemoaned moan,
Which I new pay as if not paid before.
But if the while I think on thee, dear friend,
All losses are restor’d and sorrows end.
William Shakespeare, 1564 – 1616
English dramatist and poet