“I’d like to be the sort of friend
that you have been to me;
I’d like to be the help that you’ve been always glad to be;
I’d like to mean as much to you
each minute of the day As you have meant, old friend of mine, to me along the way.
I’d like to do the big things and the splendid things for you,
To brush the gray out of your skies and leave them only blue;
I’d like to say the kindly things that I so often have heard,
And feel that I could rouse your soul the way that mine you’ve stirred.
I’d like to give back the joy that you have given me,
Yet that were wishing you a need I hope will never be;
I’d like to make you feel as rich as I, who travel on
Undaunted in the darkest hours with you to lean upon.
I’m wishing at this Christmas time
that I could but repay a portion of the gladness
that you’ve strewn along the way;
And could I have one wish this year,
this only would it be: I’d like to be the sort of friend
that you have been to me.”