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verse together but til night, I should leave you poflelTd with the same happie thoughts that now possesie me; not onely for the Antiquitie of it, but that it deserves commendations; and that 'tis an Art; and worthy the knowledge and practice of a wisse, and a serious man.
Viat. Sir, I pray speak of them what you shall think fit; for wee have yet five miles to walk before wee shall come to the 7'hatehthouse. And, Sir, though my infirmities are many, yet I dare promise you, that both my patience and attention will indure to hear what you will say till wee come thither: and if you please to begin in order with the antiquity, when that is done, you mall not want my attention to the commendations and accommodations of it: and lastly, if you shall convince me that 'tis an Art, and an Art worth learn
ing, I shall beg I may become your Scholer, both to wait upon you, and to be instructed in the At i* self.
Pise. Oh Sir, 'tis not to be questioned, but that it is an art, and an art worth your Learning: the question wil rather be, whether you be capable oflearning it? For he that learns it, must not onely bring an enquiring,searching,anddiscerning wit; but he must bring also that^ztience you talk of,and a love and propensity to the art it self: but having once got and practised it, then doubt not but the Art will (both for the pleasure and profit of it) prove like to Vertue, a reward to it
Viat. Sir, I am now become so ful of expectation, that I long much to have you proceed in your discourse: And first,I pray Sir,let me hear concerning the antiquity of it.
Pise. Sir, I wil preface no longer, butproceed in order as you delire me: And first for the Antiquity oiAngling,!stiall notsay much; bus; onely this; Some say, it is as ancij. Da. entzsDeucalionsFloud: andothers jer Mar (wnich I ^ke better) fay, that Belus (who was theinventerof godly and vertuous Recreations) was the Inventer of it: and some others say, (for former times have had their Dilquifitionsaboutit)that»SW'/&,one of thefonsof Adam, taught it to his sons, and that by them it was derived to Posterity. O thers say, that he left it engraven on those Pillars which hee erected to preserve the knowledgestheMathematicks,MuJick, and the rest of those precious Arts, which by Gods appointment or allowance, and his noble industry were thereby preserved from perishing in Noah's Floud.
These (my worthy Friend) have beentheopinionsof somemen,that
pospossibly may have endeavoured to makeitmoreancientthenmaywell be warranted. Butformy part,I shall content my self in tellingyou, That^«g//»^ismuchmore ancient thentheincarnationofourSaviour: Chap 42 For both in the Prophet Amos, and before himin >£,(whichlastBook ChaP- *' is judged to be written by MosesJ mention is made ofjijh-hooks, which must imply Anglers in those times.
But (my worthy friend) as I would rather prove my self to be a Gen tieman, by being learned and humble, valiant and inoffensive,vertuous and communicable, then by a fond ostentation of riches', or (wanting these Vertues my self) boast that these were in my Ancestors; [And yet 1 confesse, that where a noble and ancientDescentandsuch Merits meet inanyman, itisadouble dignisication of that person: ] and so, if this Antiquitie of Angling (which, for my part, I have not forc'd) sliaft. likeanancientFamilie, byeitheran honour, or an ornament to thisvertuous Art which I both love and practise, I shall be the gladder that I made an accidental mention of it; andshallproceed to thej ustification, or rather commendation of it.
Fiat. My worthy Friend, lam much pleased with your discourse, for that you seem to be so ingenuous, and so modest, as not to stretch arguments into Hyperbolicall expressions, but such as indeed they will reasonably bear; and I pray, proceed to the justification, orcommendationsof Angling, which I also long to hear from you.
Pise. Sir, I shall proceed; and my next discourse shall be rather a Commendation, then a Justification of Angling: for, in my judgment, if it deserves to be commended, it ismorethenjustified; forsomepractices thatmaybejustified, deserve no commendation: yet there are