Friend simply means, 'free man'.
To the man whose merely free
Freedom finds him searching for
Besting the conspiracy
Enemies he will count them: four.
The first is menacing, the state
The one that he will truly serve
He reveals within suspicious hate
Loyalty that cannot swerve
The second; market's greed for goods
The goods which come from his own hands
These he claims are naught but hoods
But buys daily his own bands
The third the church whose solemn life
Wrecks his fool festivity
Now instead of wisdom's wife
He will grieve unconsciously
The last is neighbor, thief of time
We must be independent from!
But weakness grows from crime to crime
And time now freely go and come.
Freedom from is what or how:
Of Caeser, Mammon, Pope and Friend?
Severed he is weakened now
And will not choose his servant's end.