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Hunt. Come Gentlemen, come all, lets go to the place where we put downe the Otter; look you, hereabout it was that shee kennell'd; look you, here it indeed, for here's her young ones, no less then five: come lets kill them
Pifc. No, I pray Sir; save me one, and I'll try if I can make her tame as I know an ingenuous Gentleman in Leicester-shire has done; who hath not only made her tame, but to catch fish, and doe many things of much pleasure.
Hunt. Take one with all my heart; but let us kill the rest. And now lets go to an honest Alehouse and fing Old Rose, and rejoice all of us together.
Viat. Come my friend, let me invite you along with us; I'll bear your charges this night, and you Thall beare mine to morrow;
for my intention is to accompany you a day or two in fishing.
Pisc. Sir, your request is granted, and I shall be right glad, both to exchange such tesie, and also to enjoy your company.
Viat. Well, now lets go to your fport of Angling
Pisc. Lets be going with allmy heart, God keep you all
, Gentlemen, and send you meet this day with another bitch Otter, and kill her merrily, and all her young ones
Viat. Now Piscator, where wil you begin to fish ?
Pisc. We are not yet come to a likely place, I must walk a mile further yet before I begin.
Viat. Well then, I pray, as we walk, tell me freely how you like my Hoste,and the company ? is not mine Hofte a witty man?
Pifc. Sir, To speak truly, he is not to me; for most of his conceits were either Scripture-jests, or lascivious jests; for which I count no man witty : for the Divel will help a man that way inclin'd, to the first, and his own corrupt nature (which he alwayes carries with him) to the latter. But a companion that feasts the company with wit and mirth,and leaves out the fin (which is usually mixt with them) he is the man: and indeed, such a man should have his charges born: and to such company I hope to bring you this night; for at Trout-Hal, not far from this place, where I purpose to lodg to night, there is usually an Angler that proves good company,
But for such discourse as we heard last night, it infects others; the very boyes will learn to talk and swear as they heard mine Host, and another of the
company that shall be nameless; well, you
know what example is able to do, and I know what the Poet sayes in the like case:
Many a one Owes to his Country his Religion : And in another would as strongly grow, Had but his Nurse or Mother taught him fo.
This is realon put into Verse, and worthy the consideration of a wise man.But of this no more,for though I love civility, yet I hate severe censures : I'll to my own Art, and I doubt not but at yonder tree I shall catch a Chub, and then we'll turn to an honest cleanly Ale house that I know rightwell, rest our selves,and dress it for our dinner.
via. Oh,Sir,aChub isthe worst fish that swims, I hoped for a Trout for
Pis:Trust me,Sir,thereisnotalikely place for a Trout hereabout, and we staid so long to take our leave of
your Huntsmen this morning, that the Sun is got so high, and shines so clear, that I will not undertake the catching of a Trout till evening; and though a Chub be by you and many others reckoned the worst of allfish, yet you shall see I'll make it good fish by dressing it.
Viat. Why, how will you dress him?
Pisc. I'l tell you when I have caught him: look you here, Sir, do you see?(but you must stand very close) there lye upon the top of the water twenty Chubs : I'll catch only one, and that shall be the biggest of them all: and that I will do so, I'll hold you twenty to one.
viat. I marry, Sir, now you talk like an Artist, and I'll say, you areone,when I shall seeyou perform what you say you can do; but I
yet doubt it.
Pisc. And that you shall see me do presently; look, the biggest of these