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meethim upon Amwel bill to morrow morning by day break.
Pisc. Sir, my fortune hath anfwered my desires; and my purpose is to bestow a day or two in helping to destroy some of those villanous vermin: for I hate them perfectly, because they love fish so well, or rather because theydestroysomuch: indeed, so much, that in my judgment, all men that keep Otter dogs ought to have a Pension from the Commonwealth toincouragethem to destroy the very breed of those base Otters, they do so much mischief.
Viat. But what say you to the Foxes of this Nation would not you as willingly havethem destroyed? for doubtlesse they do as much mischief as the Otters.
Pisc. Oh Sir, if they do, it is not so much to me and my Fraternitie, as that base Vermin the Otters do. Viat. Why Sir, I pray, of what
Fraternity are you, that you are fu angry with the poor Otter? Pif
. I am a Brother of the Angle, and therefore an enemy to the Otter, he does me and my 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 pleasantmen scoffe at Anglers.
Pifc. Sir, There are many men that are by others taken to be serious grave men, which we contemn and pitie; men of sowre complexions; mony-getting-men, thatspend all their time first in getting, and next in anxious care to keep it: men that are condemn'd to be rich, and alwayes discontented,orbusie. For these poor-rich-men, wee Anglers
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-S.- taine each other with mutuall apish
playing with a garter ,) who knows but that I make her more sport then she makes me? Shall I conclude her
fimple, 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 mee 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
this Epigram into his pocket, and read it every morning for his breakfast(for I wish 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 follywhich youthinkyourwit. 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 morefimplemen,then(Ifear) Ishall finde you to be.
Pifcat. Sir, I hope you will not judge my earnestnesse to be impatience: and for my fimplicitie, if by that you mean a harmlesnese,or thatfimplicity thatwas 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 then a Lordshipmight