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'full of odours.' And if he desires the best company, let him join the heavenly choir in spiritual adoration. Therefore, let all lovers of the angle be lovers of prayer, because they have best opportunity to it; and I would have them be lovers of God, for they have most reason to be so. And now, brother, the Talbot is before us, and there is your waiting man.
Painter. This parting comes too soon : do you remember how the soul of Jonathan was (knit with the soul of David, and Jonathan ' loved him as his own soul?'* and how, when they parted, they kissed one another, and wept one with another: and Jonathan stripped him"self of the robe that was upon him, and gave it to David!'t
Angler. And so he did, and also his sword and his bow, and his girdle,' for ' he delighted ( much in David.'
Painter. Well, then, here is a parting gift, that is offered with a love equal to Jonathan's, notwithstanding this testimony is so unworthy : here is my little book, that is no longer a blank book, but full of rude pictures: they are all your's, and welcome. They will bring to your mind some thoughts of the mutual pleasures we
* 1 Sam. xviii. I.
+ xviii. 4.
have felt along the banks of the Dove: and you may remember from them, that it was out of love for
you rewarded me beyond my hope, because you taught me some inward secrets, and sent me back to my house a happy composed ANGLER.
Angler. Indeed, dear brother, I'm in a strait how to answer you ; only let me embrace you, as those loving friends kissed one another; and when I next go angling, 'thou shalt be missed,
because thy seat will be empty.'* But we have made a covenant, like Jonathan and David, and let it be for the glorious twenty-ninth of May. And for this book of drawings, I shall esteem it to be more precious than any thing else I know of; and indeed I love you for this and many other bounties you have bestowed on me. And now you may oblige me in one thing more, for my confolation at parting.
Painter. Any thing you defire is, in a manner, performed.
Angler. It is this : here is my angle rod, and my landing net and pouch-I beseech
let them obtain your acceptance. I do not say it out of ostentation, but there are some Aies in that pouch that are artfully twisted; and above
all others, I present you with the COMPLEAT ANGLER, in two parts, writ by Mr. Walton and Mr. Cotton; therein we have found many passages of true piety, that may sometimes again contribute to your peace and contentment.
Painter. A thousand thanks to you; and I accept these gifts of your love as freely as they are offered; and when we meet again, you shall give me some instructions in your better art of Ay-fishing. And now I salute you with a holy kiss-Go in peace.'
Angler. Farewell, brother; and remember always how the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit is, in the fight of God, of great price.· Follow peace with all men, and holiness, with
out which no man shall see the Lord."* have had some innocent days of leisure amidst the beauties of the natural world : but let us not forget to give all diligence in our journey to the glories of the spiritual world. For these pleasures of the earth are but a faint shadow of the blessedness of the heavenly Sion. Let us be prepared in the whole armour of Christian soldiers, that when our temporal warfare is accomplished, we may receive an eternal crown; and rest and refresh ourselves beside the pure
* Heb. xii. 14.
(river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceed'ing out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.'* Once more, farewell !
* Rev, xxii. 1.
Books on Angling.
Published by W. PICKERING.
Walton and Cotton’s Complete Angler.
Edited with Original Memoirs, by Sir Harris Nicolas, Illustrated by Engravings from Designs by Stothard and Inskipp. 2 vols. imperial 8vo. 61. 6s. or proofs on India paper, 1ol. 10s. The Illustrations separate, 4to. proofs before the letters, 10l. 10s.
*** Additional Plates (XXXII) to Illustrate Walton and Cotton's Complete Angler, consisting of Portraits, Monuments, &c. mostly proofs, imperial 8vo. 31. 35.
The true Enjoyment of Angling. By
Henry Phillips, Esq. Illustrated with a Portrait of the Author, and Seven Songs, descriptive of the Art, with Pianoforte Accompaniments. 8vo. 1os. 6d.
Berners's (Juliana) Treaty se of Fysshynge
wyth an Angle. Reprint with fac-simile wood-cuts, crown 8vo. 55.