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a man with whom I have often fished and conversed; a man whose foreign employments in the service of this nationand whose experience, learning, wit, and cheerfulnessmade his company to be esteemed one of the delights of mankind. This man, whose very approbation of angling were sufficient to convince any modest censurer of it; this man was, also, a most dear lover, and a frequent practiser of the art of angling; of which he would say, "It was an employment for his idle time, which was not then idly spent; for angling was, after tedious study, "a rest to his mind, a cheerer of his spirits, a diverter of sadness, a calmer of unquiet thoughts, a moderator of passions, a procurer of contentedness;" and "that it begat habits of peace and patience in those that professed and practised it." Indeed, my friend, you will find angling to be like the virtue of humility; which has a calmness of spirit, and a world of other blessings attending upon it. Sir, this was the saying of that learned man.

And I do easily believe, that peace and patience, and a calm content did cohabit in the cheerful heart of Sir Henry Wotton; because I know that, when he was beyond seventy years of age, he made this description of a part of the present pleasure that possessed him, as he sat quietly, in a summer's evening, on a bank a-fishing. It

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is a description of the spring; which, because it glided as soft and sweetly from his pen, as that river does, at

this time, by which it was then made, I shall repeat it

unto you:

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 flie;
There stood my friend, with patient skill,
Attending of his trembling quill.
Already were the eaves possest
With the swift Pilgrim's1 daubed nest;
The groves already did rejoice
In Philomel's triumphing voice,
The showers were short, the weather mild,
The morning fresh, the evening smiled.

Joan takes her neat-rubb'd pail, and now
She trips to milk the sand-red cow,-
Where, for some sturdy foot-ball swain,
Joan strokes a syllabub or twain,
The fields and gardens were beset
With tulips, crocus, violet :

And now, though late, the modest rose
Did more than half a blush disclose.

Thus all looks gay, and full of cheer,
To welcome the new livery'd year.

These were the thoughts that then possessed the undisturbed mind of Sir Henry Wotton. Will you hear the wish of another angler, and the commendation of his happy life, which he also sings in verse; viz. Jo. Davors, Esq.


Let me live harmlessly; and near the brink
Of Trent or Avon have a dwelling place,
Where I may see my quill, or cork, down sink

With eager bite of perch, or bleak, or dace;
And on the world and my Creator think:

Whilst some men strive ill-gotten goods t'embrace;
And others spend their time in base excess
Of wine, or, worse, in war and wantonness :

Let them that list, these pastimes still pursue.

And on such pleasing fancies feed their fill:-
So I the fields and meadows green may view,
And daily by fresh rivers walk at will,
Among the daisies and the violets blue,

Red hyacinth, and yellow daffodil,
Purple narcissus like the morning rays,
Pale gander-grass, and azure culver-keyes:

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I count it higher pleasure, to behold

The stately compass of the lofty sky;
And in the midst thereof, like burning gold,
The flaming chariot of the world's great eye;
The watery clouds, that in the air up-roll'd,

With sundry kinds of painted colours fly;
And fair Aurora, lifting up her head,
Still blushing, rise from old Tithonus' bed;

The hills and mountains raised from the plains;
The plains extended, level with the ground;
The grounds, divided into sundry veins;

The veins, inclosed with rivers running round;
These rivers, making way through nature's chains,
With headlong course into the sea profound;
The raging sea, beneath the valleys low,
Where lakes and rills and rivulets do flow;

The lofty woods,-the forests wide and long,—

Adorn'd with leaves, and branches fresh and green,-
In whose cool bowers the birds with many a song,

Do welcome with their quire the summer's Queen;
The meadows fair, where Fiora's gifts among

Are intermixt, with verdant grass between ;
The silver-scaled fish that softly swim
Within the sweet brook's crystal wat'ry stream.

All these, and many more, of His creation

That made the heavens, the Angler oft doth see,
Taking therein no little delectation,

To think how strange, how wonderful they be ;
Framing thereof an inward contemplation,

To set his heart from other fancies free;
And whilst he looks on these with joyful eye,
His mind is rapt above the starry sky.

Sir, I am glad my memory has not lost these last verses, because they are somewhat more pleasant and more suitable to May-day, than my harsh discourse. And I am glad your patience hath held out so long, as to hear them and me, for both together have brought us within the sight of the Thatch'd-house: and I must be your debtor, if you think it worth your attention, for the rest of my promised discourse, till some other opportunity, and a like time of leisure.

Ven. Sir, you have angled me on with much pleasure to the Thatch'd-house; and I now find your words true, "That good company makes the way seem short;" for, trust me,

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