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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


for it.

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.


As inward love breeds outward talk,
The Hound some praise, and some the Hawk,


Some better pleafdwith private

sport, Use Tenis, fome a Miftris court:

But these delights I neither wish,
Nor envy,while I freely


Who hunts,doth oft in danger ride
Who hauks,lures oft both far &wide;
Who uses games,may often prove
A loser; but who fals in love,

Is fettered in fond Cupids snare : My Angle breeds me no such care.

Of Recreation there is none
So free as fishing is alone;
All other pastimes do no less
Then mind and body both poless;

My hand alone my work can do,
So I can fish and study too.

I care not, I, to fish in seas,
Fresh rivers best my mind do please,
Whose sweet calm course Icontemplate;
And seek in life to imitate ;
In civil bounds I fain would keep,
And for my past offences weep.


And when the timerous Trout I wait
To take, and he devours my bait,
How poor a thing sometimes I find
Will captivate agreedy mind:
And when none bite, I praise the wife ,
Whom vain alurements ne're


But yet though while I fish, 1 fast,
I make good fortune my repast,
And thereunto my friend invite,
In whom I more then that delight :

Who is more welcome to my dish,
Then to my Angle was my fish.

As well content no prize to take
As use of taken prize to make ;
For so our Lord was pleased when
He Fisers made Fishers of men;

Where(which is in no other game)
A man may fijand praise his name.

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 there

I therefore strive to follow those,
W bom be to follow him bath chofe.


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

down tovvards Waltam.


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.
Viat. 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

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