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TO MY DEAR BROTHER, IZAAK WALTON,

UPON HIS 'COMPLETE ANGLER'

Erasmus, in his learned Colloquies,
Has mix'd some toys, that, by varieties,
He might entice all readers: for in him
Each child may wade, or tallest giant swim.
And such is this discourse: there's none so low,
Or highly learn'd, to whom hence may not flow
Pleasure and information ; both which are
Taught us with so much art, that I might swear
Safely, the choicest critic cannot teil
Whether your matchless judgment most excel
In angling or its praise; where commendation
First charms, then makes an art a recreation.

'Twas so to me; who saw the cheerful spring
Pictured in every meadow; heard birds sing
Sonnets in every grove ; saw fishes play
In the cool crystal streams, like lambs in May:
And they may play, till anglers read this book ;
But after, 'tis a wise fish 'scapes a hook.

Jo. FLOUD, Master of Arts.

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CHAP.
1. A Conference betwixt an Angler, a

Hunter, and a Falconer; each com

mending his Recreation,
II. Observations of the Otter and Chub,
III. How to fish for, and to dress the

Chavender, or Chub,
IV. Observations of the Nature and Breed-

ing of the Trout, and how to fish for

him. And the Milk-maid's Song,
V. More Directions how to fish for, and how

to make for the Trout an Artificial
Minnow and Flies, with some Merri-

ment,
VI. Observations of the Umber or Grayling,

and Directions how to fish for him,
VII. Observations of the Salmon, with Direc-

tions how to fish for him,
VIII. Observations of the Luce or Pike, with

Directions how to fish for him,
IX. Observations of the Carp, with Directions

how to fish for him,
X. Observations of the Bream, and Directions

how to catch him,
XI. Observations of the Tench, and advice

how to angle for him, .

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THE

COMPLETE ANGLER

OR, THE

Contemplative Man's Recreation

CHAPTER I

A Conference betwixt an ANGLER, a HUNTER,

and a FALCONER; each commending his Recreation.

PISCATOR, VENATOR, AUCEPS PISCATOR.

POU are well overtaken, Gentlemen,

a good morning to you both ; I

have stretched my legs up TottenY

hám hill to overtake you, hoping your business may occasion you towards Ware, whither I am going

this fine, fresh May morning. Ven. Sir, I for my part shall almost answer your hopes; for my purpose is to drink my morning's draught at the Thatch'd-house in Hodsden, and I think not to rest till I come thither, where I have

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