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Good company and good discourse are the
sinews of virtue.
The Complete Angler. Part i. Chap. ii. An excellent angler, and now with God.
Chap. ir. Old-fashioned poetry, but choicely good.
Ibid. No man can lose what he never had.
Chap. v. We may say of angling as Dr. Boteler) said of strawberries: “Doubtless God could have made a 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.
Ibid. 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.
Chap. 8. This dish of meat is too good for any but anglers, or very honest men.
Ibid. Health is the second blessing that we mortals are capable of, - a blessing that money cannot buy. Chap. 21.
And upon all that are lovers of virtue, and dare trust in his Providence, and be quiet and go a-angling. Ibid.
But God, who is able to prevail, wrestled with him ; marked him for his own.2
Life of Donne. The great secretary of Nature, - Sir Francis Bacon.
Life of Herbert.
1 William Butler, styled by Dr. Fuller in his “Worthies ” (Suffolk) the “ Æsculapius 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."
2 Melancholy marked him for his own. – Gray: The Epitaph.
3 Plato, Aristotle, and Socrates are secretaries of Nature. – HOWELL : Letters, book ii. letter ri.
Oh, the gallant fisher's life!
It is the best of any ;
The Angler. (John Chalkhill.)
JAMES SHIRLEY. 1596–1666.
The glories of our blood and state
Are shadows, not substantial things;
Contention of Ajax and Ulysses. Sc. 3.
Cupid and Death.
SAMUEL BUTLER. 1600–1680.
And pulpit, drum ecclesiastick,
Hludibras. Part i. Canto i. Line 11.
1 In 1683, the year in which he died, Walton prefixed a preface to a work edited by him : "Thealma and Clearchus, a Pastoral History, in smooth and easy verse ; written long since by John Chalkhill Esq., an acquaintant and friend of Edmund Spenser."
Chalkbill, a name unappropriated, a verbal phantom, a shadow of a shade. Chalkhill is no other than our old piscatory friend incoginto. — ZOUCH : Life of Walton.
2 The sweet remembrance of the just
TATE AND BRADY: Psalm cxxi. 6. 8 “Their dust" in Works edited by Dyce.
Beside, 't is known he could speak Greek
Hudibras. Part i. Canto i. Line 51.
Line 67. For rhetoric, he could not ope His mouth, but out there flew a trope.
Line 81 For all a rhetorician's rules Teach nothing but to name his tools.
Line 89. A Babylonish dialect Which learned pedants much affect.
Line 93. For he by geometric scale Could take the size of pots of ale.
Line 121. And wisely tell what hour o’ the day The clock does strike, by algebra.
Line 125. Whatever sceptic could inquire for, For every why he had a wherefore.?
Line 131. Where entity and quiddity, The ghosts of defunct bodies, fly.
Line 145. He knew what's what,and that's as high As metaphysic wit can fly.
Line 149. Such as take lodgings in a head That's to be let unfurnished.4
Line 161 'T was Presbyterian true blue.
Line 191. And prove their doctrine orthodox, By apostolic blows and knocks.
1 He Greek and Latin speaks with greater ease
CRANFIELD : Panegyric on Tom Coriate. 2 See Shakespeare, page 50. 3 See Skelton, page 8. 4 See Bacon, page 170.
As if religion was intended
Hudibras. Part i. Canto i. Line 205.
Line 215. The trenchant blade, Toledo trusty, For want of fighting was grown rusty, And ate into itself, for lack Of somebody to hew and hack.
Line 359. For rhyme the rudder is of verses, With which, like ships, they steer their courses.
Line 463. He ne'er consider'd it, as loth To look a gift-horse in the mouth.
Line 490. And force them, though it was in spite Of Nature and their stars, to write.
Line 647. Quoth Hudibras, "I smell a rat!? Ralpho, thou dost prevaricate.”
Line 821. Or shear swine, all cry and no wool.
Line 852. And bid the devil take the hin'most.4 Canto ü. Line 633. With many a stiff thwack, many a bang, Hard crab-tree and old iron rang.
Line 831. Like feather bed betwixt a wall And heavy brunt of cannon ball.
Line 872. Ay me! what perils do environ The man that meddles with cold iron ! 5
Canto ji. Line 1. Who thought he'd won The field as certain as a gun.
Line 11. 1 See Heywood page 11.
2 See Middleton, page 172. 8 See Fortescue, page 7. 4 Bid the Devil take the slowest. — PRIOR : On the Taking of Namur.
Deil tak the hindmost. — BURNS : To a Haggis. 5 See Spenser, page 27.
6 Sure as a gun. – DRYDEN : The Spanish Friar, act iii. sc. 2. CERVANTES : Don Quixote, part i. book iii. chap. vii.
Nor do I know what is become
Hudibras. Part i. Canto iii. Line 263.
I'll make the fur Fly 'bout the ears of the old cur.
Line 277. He had got a hurt O' the inside, of a deadlier sort.
Line 309. These reasons made his mouth to water.
Line 379. While the honour thou hast got Is spick and span new.'
Line 398. With mortal crisis doth portend My days to appropinque an end.
Line 589. For those that run away and fly, Take place at least o' the enemy.
Line 609. I am not now in fortune's power: He that is down can fall no lower.?
Line 877. Cheer'd
himself with ends of verse And sayings of philosophers.
Line 1011. If he that in the field is slain Be in the bed of honour lain, He that is beaten may be said To lie in honour's truckle-bed.
Line 1047. When pious frauds and holy shifts Are dispensations and gifts.
Line 1145. Friend Ralph, thou hast Outrun the constable : at last.
Line 1367. Some force whole regions, in despite O'geography, to change their site; Make former times shake hands with latter, And that which was before come after.
i See Middleton, page 172.
2 He that is down needs fear no fall. – BUNYAN: Pilgrim's Progress, part ii.
8 Outrun the constable. RAY: Proverbs, 1670.