An Old Man's Holiday

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Sampson Low, Marston, 1901 - 140 sider

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Side 131 - This day dame Nature seem'd in love : The lusty sap began to move; Fresh juice did stir th' embracing vines, And birds had drawn their valentines. The jealous Trout, that low did lie, Rose at a well-dissembled fly : There stood my friend with patient skill, Attending of his trembling quill.
Side 14 - That's the wise thrush; he sings each song twice over, Lest you should think he never could recapture The first fine careless rapture! And though the fields look rough with hoary dew, All will be gay when noontide wakes anew The buttercups, the little children's dower — Far brighter than this gaudy melon-flower!
Side 55 - Under an oak, whose antique root peeps out Upon the brook that brawls along this wood : To the which place a poor ^sequester'd stag, That from the hunter's aim had ta'en a hurt...
Side 66 - Man's life is like a winter's day, Some only breakfast, and away ; Others to dinner stay, and are full fed : The oldest man but sups, and goes to bed. Large is his debt who lingers out the day, Who goes the soonest has the least to pay.
Side 55 - To-day, my lord of Amiens and myself Did steal behind him, as he lay along Under an oak, whose antique root peeps out Upon the brook that brawls along this wood...
Side 66 - Our life is but a Winter's day, Some only breakfast and away ; Others to dinner stay and are full fed, The oldest man but sups and goes to bed ; Large is his debt, who lingers out the day, Who goes the soonest has the least to pay.
Side 128 - When that kri-karee went floating down the stream, the ouananiche was surprised. It was the I4th of September, and he had supposed the grasshopper season was over. The unexpected temptation was too strong for him. He rose with a rush, and in an instant I was fast to the best land-locked salmon of the year. . . . My rod weighed only 4j ozs.; the fish weighed between 6 Ibs. and 7 Ibs.; the water was furious and headstrong ; I had only thirty yards of line, and no landing-net. "' Hold.! Ferdinand; I...
Side 127 - all ashore ' bell was not rung early enough. I just got off with not half-a-second to spare." After struggling to act deliberately, being himself of a precipitate nature, he set about selecting his flies, and having at length selected two that he thought fairly good, he laid them down on the grass to look through his book for something better, but finding nothing, he turned to pick up those he had laid down, only to find they had mysteriously vanished. Then he had a struggle with naughty words,...
Side 131 - ... never has been untenanted by a worthy and expert brother of the angle since the time of Wotton. And there it was, ' with peace and patience cohabiting in his heart,' as Walton tells us, that Sir Henry, when beyond seventy years of age, ' made this description of a part of the present pleasure that possessed him, as he sat quietly, on a summer's evening, on a bank afishing. It is a description of the Spring ; which, because it glided as softly and sweetly from his pen as that river does at this...
Side 128 - At last he made his way to the very edge of the water and poised himself on a stone, with his legs well tucked in for a long leap and a bold flight to the other side of the river. It was my final opportunity. I made a desperate grab at it and caught the grasshopper. My premonition proved to be correct. When that Kri-karee, invisibly attached to my...

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