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meethimupon Amnvel hill to morrow morning by day break.
Pise. Sir, my fortune hath answered 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 theydestroyso much: indeed, so much, that in my judgment, all men that keep Otterdogs ought to have a Pension from the Commonwealth toincouragethem to destroy the very breed of those base Otters, they do so much mischief.
Fiat. But what say you to the Foxes of this Nation? would not you as willingly have them destroyed? fordoubtlesie they do as much misehief as the Otters.
Pise. 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
FraFraternity are you, that you are so angry with the poor Otter?
Pis. I am a Brother of the Angle y and therefore an enemy to the Otter, he does me and my friends so much mischiesjforyou are to know, that we Anglers all love one another: and therefore do I hate the Otter perfectly, even for their sakes 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.
Pise. 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, thatlpend all their time first in getting, and next in anxious care to keep it: men that are condemn'dtobe rich, and alwayesdiscontented,orbusie. For these poor-rioh-men, wee Anglers B 3 pitie
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 witt je French-man saves in such a
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in bisApoi. Case. When my Cat and I enterforRa-Se- taine each other with mutuall apijh bond. tricks(as playing with a garter ,)who knows but that I make her moresport then she makes me? Shall I conclude hersimple, that has her time to begin or refuse sportivenejse as freely as I my self have? Nay, who knows but that our agreeing no better, is the defect of my not under/landing her language? (for doubt lejfe Cats talk, and reason with one another) and that Jhee laughs at, and censures my folly ,for making her sport, and pities mee for under/landing 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 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 :J 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 seoffing, this has writ, Friend,that'syourfollywhichyouthinkyourwit' This you vent oft,void both ofwit and fear, Meaning an ot her,when yourself youjeer.
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But no more of the Scoffer; for since Solomon sayes, he is an abomination to men, he mail be so to me; and I think, to all that love Vertue and Angling.
Viat. Sir, you have almost araaPro. 24.9. zed me: for though I am no Scoffer, yet I have (I pray let me speak it without offence) alwayes look'd upon Anglers as more patient, and moresimplemen,then(Ifear)Imall finde you to be.
Pijcat. Sir, I hope you will not judge my earnestnesse to be impatience: and for my Jimplkitie, if by that you mean a harmlefneje, or tha^^/za/jythatwasusuallyfound in the Primitive Christians, who were (as most Anglers are) quiet men,andfollowedpeace; men that were too wisse 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 Lordship might