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IZAAK WALTON. 1593-1C83.
Of which, if thou be a severe, sour-complexioned man, then I here disallow thee to be a competent
judge. The Complete Angler. Author's Preface.
Angling may be said to be so like the mathematics, that it can never be fully learnt. Ibid.
As no man is born an artist, so no man is born an angler. Ibid.
I shall stay him no longer than to wish him a rainy evening to read this following discourse; and that, if he be an honest angler, the east wind may never blow when he goes a fishing. Ibid.
I am, Sir, a Brother of the Angle. Part i. Ch. l.
Angling is somewhat like Poetry, men are to be born so. Ibid.
I remember that it wise friend of mine did usually say, That which is everybody's business is nobody's business. Part i. Ch. 2.
Old-fashioned poetry, but choicely good. Part i. Ch. 4.
No man can lose what he never had. Part i. Ch. 5.
We may say of angling as Dr. Boteler1 said of Ktrawberries: "Doubtless God could have made a
l William Butler, styled by Dr. Fuller in his Worthies (Suffolk) the "j£sculapius of our age." He died in 1621. This first appeared in the second edition of The Angler, 1655. Roger Williams, in his Key into the Language of America, 1643, p. 98, says: "One of the chiefest doctors of England was wont to say, that God could have made, but God never did make, a better berry."
better berry, but doubtless God never did": and so, if I might be judge, God never did make a more calm, quiet, innocent recreation than angling.
The Complete Angler. Part i. Ch. 5.
Thus use your frog: put your hook, I mean the arming wire, through his mouth, and out at his gills, and then with a fine needle and silk sew the upper part of his leg with only one stitch to the arming wire of your hook, or tie the frog's leg above the upper joint to the armed wire; and in so doing use him as though you loved him. Part i. Ch. 9.
This dish of meat is too good for any but anglers, or very honest men. ihid.
health is the second blessing that we mortals are capable of; a blessing that money cannot buy.
Par t i. Ch. 21.
All that are lovers of virtue, .... be quiet, and go a-Angling. ihid.
But God, who is able to prevail, wrestled with him; marked him for his own.1 Life of Donne.
Oh! the gallant fisher's life
It is the best of any;
And 't is beloved by many.»
The Anyler. (John Chalkhill.)
1 Melancholy marked him for his own. — Gray, The Epitaph.
* In 1683, the year in which he died, Walton prefixed a Prefaee to a work edited by Him "Theaima and C'learehus, a Pastoral History, in smooth and easy verse; written long since by John Chalkhill Esq. an aequaintant and friend of Edmund Spenser."
"Chalkhill,—a name unappropriated, non verbal phantom, a shadow of a shade. Chalkhill is no other than our old piseatory friend ineognito."— Zoueh's Life of Walton.
FRANCIS QUARLES. 1592-1644.
Death aims with fouler spite
At fairer marks.1 Divine Poem. Ed. 1669.
Sweet Phosphor, bring the day
Sweet Phosphor, bring the day!
Sweet Phosphor, bring the day;
Sweet Phosphor, bring the day!
Emblems. Book i. 14.
Be wisely worldly, be not worldly wise. Book ii. 2.
This house is to be let for life or years;
Her rent is sorrow, and her income tears;
Cupid, 't has long stood void; her bills make known,
She must be dearly let, or let alone. Book ii. 10, Ej>. 10.
The slender debt to nature 's quickly paid,3 Discharged, perchance, with greater ease than made.
Book ii. 13.
The next way home's the farthest way about.
Book iv. 2, Ep. 2.
It is the lot of man but once to die. Book v. 7.
1 Death loves a shining mark, a signal blow.
Young, Night Thoughts, v. Line 1011. a To die is a debt we must all of us discharge.
Euripides, Alcestis, Line 418. GEORGE HERBERT. 1593-1632.
Sweet day, so cool, so calm, so bright,
The bridal of the earth and sky. Virtue.
Sweet spring, full of sweet days and roses,
A box where sweets compacted lie. feid.
Only a sweet and virtuous soul,
Like seasoned timber, never gives. Ibid.
Like summer friends, Flies of estate and sunneshine. The Answer.
A servant with this clause
Makes drudgery divine;
Makes that and th' action fine. The Elixir.
A verse may find him who a sermon flies,
And turn delight into a sacrifice. The Church Porch.
Dare to be true: nothing can need a lie;
A fault, which needs it most, grows two therehy.1 Ibid.
Chase hrave employment with a naked sword Throughout the world. Ibid.
Sundays ohserveI think when the bells do chime,
'T is angels' musie. lhid.
The worst speak something good; if all want sense. God takes a text, and preaeheth Pa-ti-enee. feid.
Bibles laid open, millions of surprises. Sin.
1 And he that does one fault at first,
The Church Militant.
If goodness lead him not, yet weariness
The fineness which a hymn or psalm affords
is when the soul unto the lines accords. A True Hymn.
Wouldst thou both eat thy cake and have it? The Size.
Do well and right, and let the world sink.1
Country Parson. Ch. 29.
His bark is worse than his bite. jaeuia Prudentum.
After death the doetor.2 Ihid
Hell is full of good meanings and wishings. ihid.
No sooner is a temple built to God, but the Devil builds a chapel hard by.'' /*-d
God's mill grinds slow, but sure. Ibid.
The offender never pardons.4 md.
It is a poor sport that is not worth the eandle. Ibid.
To a elose-shorn sheep, God gives wind by measure."
i Ruat eeelnm, fiat voluntas tua. — Sir T. Browne, Relig. Med., Part 2, Sec. xi. *
* After the war, aid—Greek Proverh. After me the deluges- Madame dt Pompadour.
* See Appendix, p. 661.
* Compare Dryden. Page 229.
* God tempers the wind to the shom lamb.
Sterne, Sentimental Journey.