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COMMENDATORY VERSES." ￼
TO MY DEAR BROTHER-IN-LAW, t MR IZAAK WALTON, UPON HIS "COMPLETE ANGLER."
And such is this discourse: there s none so low.
'Twas so to me; who so the cheerful spring
Jo. Floud, Mr. of Arts.*
TO THE READER OF "THE COMPLETE ANGLER."
FIRST mark the Title well: my Friend that gave it
Variation.] a mirth.—rtd edit, as in text in 3d edit.
* None of the verses occur in the first, but they are all to be found in the second edition, excepting the two last by Dr Duport, which were inserted for the first time in the [fifth edition.
t In the fi/th edition, the words "in-law" are omitted ; but as they correctly explain the writer's relationship, they are here adopted.
X Some account of this person, who was the brother of Walton's first wife, and of his family, will be found in the Life of Walton, at the commencement of the volume.
Erasmus in his learned Colloquies
For he that views it with judicious looks
The world the river is; both you and I,
Here sits, in secret, blest Theology,
Nor are we caught alone, but, which is best,
More praise is due: for 'tis both positive
TO MY DEAR FRIEND, MR IZ. WALTON, IN PRAISE OF ANGLING, WHICH WE BOTH LOVE.
Down by this smooth stream's wandering side/
8 Down by this wand'ring stream's smooth side.—ad edit.
* In the second and third editions the initials C. H. only occur; the name was printed at length in the fifth edition for the first time. An account of Harvey will be found in a subsequent note
Ch. Harvie, Mr. of Arts."
Scorns his dull element, and springs
'Tis here that pleasures sweet and high
An obvious rod, a twist of hair.
In this clear stream let fall a grub;
1 name.—id edit. 'J And.—Ihid. 8 some.—Ihid.
• Emblems of skill.—Ihid. 9 feed.— Ihid. « or.—Ibid.
1 it — Ihid. 8 that.—Ibid. 9 next—Ihid.
1 The following lines here occur in the ad edition, but are omitted in all tho others:—
"And there the cunning Carp you may
* These two lines are omitted in the ad edit. * in.—ad edit.
* Snig, a term more generally applied to the small nine-eyed eel, commonly found ahout the apron of an old weir, or in shallow parts of the river Lee, and forms the amusement of sniggling to youthful Anglers.—En. H.
t "If it prove big" alludes to one of the stories told of the Wise Men of Gotham, a facetious penny history much in circulation in the time of Walton. It is there related that the men of Gotham, upon a Good Friday, after due consultation, collected all their white herrings, red herrings, sprats, and salt fish, and cast the whole into a pond, in order to secure a sufficient store of fish for the next Lent. In due time upon dragging the pond, there was found only a very large eel, and it bcing. suspected the same must, by tfte size, have devoured the intended stock, it was concluded that such a voracious monster ought to be destroyed, and, as a death-warrant, it was determined that it should be put in another pond, in order that it might be drowned.—En. H.
When c you these creatures wisely choose
Away with sports of charge and noise,
Then on these banks' let me sit8 down,
As seldom fall unto1 the lot
Of sceptres, though they're justly got.
1649. Tho. Weaver, Mr. of Arts.*
TO THE READERS OF MY MOST INGENIOUS FRIEND'S
He that both knew and writ the Lives of men,
He that conversed with angels, such as were
He that our pious and learn'd Morley § knew,
He that from these such excellencies fetch'd,
Reader, this He, this Fisherman, comes forth,
And in these Fisher's weeds would shroud his worth.
Now his mute harp is on a willow hung,
With which, when finely touch'd, and fitly strung,
He could friends' passions for these times allay,
Or chain his fellow-Anglers from their prey.
But now the music of his pen is still,
And he sits by a brook, watching a quill:
Variation.] 1 As falls but seldom to the lot.—ad edit.
* The son of Thomas Weaver, of Worcester. He entered of Christ's Church, Oxford, in 1633, being then seventeen years of age, and took his Master's degree in 164o, ahout which time he was made one of the Chaplains or petty Canons of the Cathedral. He was ejected by the Parliament in 1648, when " he shifted from place to place, and lived upon his wits." After the Restoration, he was made an exciseman at Liverpool, and was commonly called "Captain Weaver ;" but "prosecuting too much the crimes of poets," he died at Liverpool on the 3d of January 106a-3. His works are Songs and Potms of Love. 1654 '._Choice Drollery, with So«as and Sonnets, 1656. Wood's A then. Oxon.. by Bliss, vol. Hi. p. 6a3. No date occurs to the verses in the text in any earlier edition than the fifth.
t Dr Richard Holdsworth. See an account of him in the Fasti Oxon., by Bliss, p. 376; and in Ward's Lives of the G re sham Professors.—H.
( t Dr Daniel Fairclough, alias Featly, ahout whom see Athen. Oxon., by Bliss, vol. iii. p. 156.—H.
I Said by Hawkins to have been Dr George Morley. who became Bishop of Worcester in 166o; was translated to Winchester in 166a: and died in 1684, to whom Walton dedicated his Life of Hooker. A Life of this prelate will be found in Wood's Athen. Ox/m., by Bliss, vol. iv. p. 149. The only thing which renders it doubtful whether Bishop Morley was alluded to, is that it would seem, from the manner in which the person u mentioned, that he was not then, i.e., in 165o, living.