The friendship of the good and true
Is more to me than gold,
And, while I welcome one that’s new
I’ll treasure well the old;
Old friends are like the goodly tree
Whose leafy branches throw
A grateful shelter over me
When adverse winds may blow!
by John Imrie
John James Imrie was born on 28 May 1846 in Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland. He moved to Canada in 1871. He became a poet, a printer, and a publisher. He was married to Elizabeth McJanet. John James Imrie passed on at 56 years of age on 10 November 1902 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.