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Fraternity are you, that you are su angry with the poor Otter?
Pif. I am a Brother of the Angle, and therefore an enemy to the Otter, he does me and
friends fo much mischief;foryou are to know, that we Anglers all love one another: and therefore do I hate the Otter perfectly, even for their fakes that are of my Brotherhood.
Viat. Sir, to be plain with you, I am sorry you are an Angler: for I have heard many grave,
serious men pitie, and many pleasant men scoffe at Anglers.
Pisc. Sir, There are many men that are by others taken to be serious grave men, which we contemn and pitie; men of fowre complexions; mony-getting-men, thatspend all their time first in getting, and next in anxious caretokeepit: men that are condemn’d to be rich, and alwayes discontented, or busie. For these poor-rich-men, wee Anglers
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pitie them; and stand in no need to borrow their thoughts to think our selves happie: For (trust me, Sir) we enjoy acontentednesse above the reach of such dispositions.
And as for any scoffer, qui mockat mockabitur. Let mee tell you,
(that you may tell him) what the The Lord wittie French-man sayes in such a in bis Apol.
Case. When my Cat and I enterfor Ra-Ss- taine each other with mutuall apijk
tricks(as playing with agarter ,) who knows but that I make her more sport then she makes me? Shall I conclude her simple, that has her time to begin or refuse sportivenesse as freely as I my self have ? Nay, who knows but that our agreeing no better, is the defeet of my not understanding her language? (for doubtlesse Catstalkand reason with one another) and that
shee laughs at, and cenfures my folly , for making her Sport, and pities mee for understanding her no better? To this purpose speaks Mountagne concer
ning Cats: And I hope I may take as great a libertie to blame any Scoffer, that has never heard what an Angler can say in the justification of his Art and Pleasure.
But, if this satisfie not, I pray bid the Scoffer put this Epigram into his pocket, and read it every morning for his breakfast(for Iwish him no better ;) Hee shall finde it fix'd before the Dialogues of Lucian (who may be justly accounted the father of the Family of all Scoffers:) And though I owe none of that Fraternitie so much as good will, yet I have taken a little pleasant pains to make such a conversion of it as may make it the fitter for all of that Fraternity.
Lucian well skill'd in scoffing, this has writ, Friend, that'syour follywhichyouthinkyourwito This you vent oft,void both of wit and fear, Meaning an other,when your self you
* But no more of the Scoffer; for since Solomon sayes, he is an abomination to men, he shall be so to ine; and I think, to all that love Vertue and Angling.
Viat. Sir, you have almostamaPro. 24. 9. zed me: for though I am no Scof
fer, yet I have (I pray let me speak it without offence) alwayes look'd upon Anglers as more patient, and moresimplemen, then(Ifear)Ishall finde you to be.
Piscat. Sir, I hope you will not judge my earnestnesse to be impatience : and for my fimplicitie, if by that you mean a harmlesnese,or thatsimplicitythatwas usually found in the Primitive Christians, who were (as most Anglers are) quiet men, and followed peace; men that were too wise to sell their consciences to buy riches for vexation,and a fear to die. Men that lived in those times when there were fewer Lawyers; for thena Lordshipmight have been fafely conveyed in a piece of Parchment no bigger then yourhand, though several skins are not sufficient to do it in this wiser Age. I say, Sir, if you take us Anglers to be such simple men as I have spoken of, then both my felf, and those of my profession will be glad to be so understood. But if by simplicitie you meant to expresse any general defect in the understanding of those that professe and practise Angling, I hope to make it appear to you, that there is so much contrary
reason (if you have but the patience to hear it) as may remove all the anticipations that Time or Difcourse may have pofseff’dyou with, against that Ancient and laudable Art.
Viat. Why (Sir) is Angling of Antiquitie, and an Art, and an art not easilylearn'd?
Pisc. Yes(Sir:) and I doubt not but that if you and I were to con