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Patriæ, solebat recreare se lubens
JACO. DUP. D.D.1
1 James Duport, S.T.P., Master of Magdalen College, Cambridge, in 1668, and Dean of Peterborough, July, 1664. He wrote the above commendatory verses, as well as those on the preceding page, and, as we are informed by Walton, in his "Life of Herbert,' collected and published Herbert's poems. Several other of these poems are contained in Walton's "Life of Herbert," and all of them are printed in his "Muse Subseciva" (small 8vo. Cambridge, 1676). But the work by which he is best known is his "Homeri Gnomologia" (small 4to. Cant. 1660); which, according to Gibbon, "that tasteless pedant, the Abbé de Longuerve, said was superior to Homer himself." Dean Duport was son of John Duport, whom we are told by Fuller ("Church Hist." lib. x.) assisted in the translation of King James's Bible.-ED.
A CONFERENCE BETWIXT AN ANGLER, A HUNTER, AND A FALCONER; EACH COMMENDING HIS RECREATION.
PISCATOR, VENATOR, AUCEPS.
OU are well overtaken, gentlemen, a good morning to you both; I have stretched my legs up Tottenham Hill to overtake you, hoping your business may occasion you towards Ware, whither I am going this fine fresh May morning.1
Venator. Sir, I for my part shall almost answer your hopes; for my purpose is to drink my morning's draught at the Thatch'd
1 Walton opens his scene with a May morning. The old Cromwellian
House in Hodsden,' and I think not to rest till I come thither, where I have appointed a friend or two to meet me: but for this gentleman that you see with me, I know not how far he intends his journey; he came so lately into my company, that I have scarcely had time to ask him the question.
Auceps. Sir, I shall by your favour bear you company as far as Theobald's," and there leave you; for then I turn up to a friend's house, who mews a hawk3 for me, which I now long to see.
trooper, Richard Franks, begins his Contemplative Angler' in the month of April, when he says, 66 every bough looked big with blessings, and the florid fields and fragrant meadows, adorned with green, send forth their sweet and radiant perfumes to refresh the universe. The early lark, earlier than the sun, salutes the air, whilst blushing Phoebus paints and gilds the azure globe. The birds begin to build their nests, and every bird to choose its mate; whilst the groves and delightful springs celebrate the fragrant month." It is curious, and perhaps interesting, to contrast the different descriptions of country scenery, as found in the writings of two persons of such opposite politics, as Izaak Walton and Richard Franks.-ED.
1 The Thatched House at Hoddesdon is stated by the Rev. Moses Browne to be seventeen miles from London on the Ware road. It is now quite unknown, but it is supposed that a thatched cottage, once distinguished by the sign of the Buffalo's Head, standing at the further side of Hoddesdon, on the left of the road in going towards Ware, was the actual building.-MAJOR. (See view of it, page 63.)
2 Theobalds, in the county of Hertford, about twelve miles from London (in the parish of Cheshunt); built by Cecil, Lord Burleigh, who often entertained Queen Elizabeth here. It was much improved by his son, Robert, Earl of Salisbury, who ceded it to King James the First in exchange for Hatfield. The park has been converted into farms. The small remains of Theobalds were demolished in 1765 by Mr. Prescott, who leased out the site of it to a builder, and erected a house for himself, about a mile to the south of it, which is now the seat of Sir G. W. Prescott, Bart. Its ancient magnificence is described by the early topographers in glowing terms, especially by Norden and Chauncy. And since by Lysons and Clutterbuck. (See a view of Theobalds, after an engraving published in the Vetusta Monumenta, at page 62.)
3 Mews a hawk, from the French word mué: the care taken of a hawk during the moulting season, from about the first of March till August; hence the places where hawks were trained and kept were called Mews. The King's Mews at Charing Cross, an area of about four acres, existed for two centuries (Edw. III. to Hen. VIII.) as a receptacle for hawks, but after 1537 was used as stables, and so gave a new acceptation to the term. The King's-mews was demolished in 1830 to make way for the improvements; and Trafalgar-square, the National Gallery, &c. now occupy its site.