Thomas Sheridan (1687-1738), "To the Dean, When in England, in 1726," lines 5-14, in The Poems of Thomas Sheridan
, ed. Robert Hogan (Newark: University of Delaware Press, 1994), pp. 163-164 (at 163):
While you are trudging London town,
I'm strolling Dublin up and down;
While you converse with lords and dukes,
I have their betters here, my books:
Fixed in an elbow-chair at ease,
I choose companions as I please.
I'd rather have one single shelf
Than all my friends, except yourself;
For, after all that can be said,
Our best acquaintance are the dead.