The Thousandth Man
One man in a thousand, Solomon says
Will stick more close than a brother.
And it’s worth while seeking him half your days
If you find him before the other.
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.
‘Tis neither promise nor prayer nor show
By your looks, or your acts, or your glory.
With you in any water.
You can use his purse with no more talkThan he use yours for his spendings,
And laugh and meet in your daily walk
As though there had been no lendings.
Nine hundred and ninety-nine of ‘em call
For silver and gold in their dealings;
But the Thousandth Man he’s worth ‘em all,
Because you can show him your feelings.
His wrong’s your wrong, and rights your right,
In season or out of season.
Stand up and back it in all men’s sight –
With that for you only reason!
Nine hundred and ninety-nine can’t bide
The shame or mocking or laughter,
But theTthousandth Man will stand by your side
To the gallows-foot – and after!