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ing and scurrilous discourse, is worth gold. I love such mirth as does not make friends ashamed to look
upon one another next morning; nor men (that cannot wel bear it) to repent the money they spend when they be warmed with drink : and take this for a rule, you may pick out such times and such companies, that you may make your
selves merrier for a little then a great deal of money; for 'Tisthe company and not the charge that makes the feast : and such a companion you prove, I thank
But I will not complement you out of the debt that I owe you, and therefore I will begin my Song, and wish it may be as well liked.
The ANGLERS Song.
As inward love breeds outward talk,
Some better pleafdwith private
sport, Use Tenis, fome a Miftris court:
But these delights I neither wish,
Who hunts,doth oft in danger ride
Is fettered in fond Cupids snare : My Angle breeds me no such care.
Of Recreation there is none
My hand alone my work can do,
I care not, I, to fish in seas,
And when the timerous Trout I wait
But yet though while I fish, 1 fast,
Who is more welcome to my dish,
As well content no prize to take
Where(which is in no other game)
The first men that our Saviour dear
chuse to wait upon him bere, Bleft Fisers were; and fish the last Food was, that be on earth did taste.
I therefore strive to follow those,
Cor. Well sung brother, you have paid your debt in good coyn, we Anglers are all beholding to the good man that made this Song. Come Hoftis,give us more Ale and lets drink to him.
And now lets everie one go to bed that we may rise early; but first lets pay our Reckoning, for I wil have nothing to hinder me in the morning, for I will prevent the Sunrising.
Pet. A match: Come Coridon, you are to be my Bed-fellow: I know brother you and your Scholer wil lie together; but where shal we meet to morrow night? for
my friend Coridon and I will go up the water towards Ware.
Pisc. And my Scholer and I vvill
Cor, Then lets meet here,for here are fresh sheets that smel of Lavender, and, I am sure, we cannot expect better meat and better usage.
Pet. 'Tis a match. Good night to every body.
Pisc. And so say I.
Pisc. Good morrow good Hostis, I see my brother Peter is in bed still; Come,give my Scholer and me a cup of Ale, and be sure you get us a good dish of meat against supper, for we shall come hither as hungry as Hawks. Come Scholer,lets begoing.
Viat. Good Master, as we walk towards the water, wil you be pleased to make the way seeme shorter by telling me first the nature of the Trout, and then how to catch him. Pisc. My honest Scholer, I wil do