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As I never heard of any other copies than that of Mr. Douce, and one belonging to the Museum, and as I know the book has eluded the diligent researches of some of our most acute and persevering collectors, I think the following specimen will be acceptable, at least to the lovers of the Art of Angling :
TO KNOW EACH FISHES HAUNT.
Now that the Angler may the better know
Here shall he learn how every sort doth seeke
Carp, Eele, and Tench do love a muddy ground,
The Chub delights in stream or shady tree,
The Salmon swift the rivers sweet doth like,
The prickled Pearch in every hollow creek
Hard by the banke and sandy shore is fed, VOL.II.
Pearch, Trout, and Salmon love clean waters all,
Of spreading poplar, oake, or willow green,
The mighty Luce great waters haunts alway,
And in the chiefest pooles thereof doth rest,
Where he is soonest found, and taken best.
The Peele, the Mullet, ånd the Suants good
But here experience doth my skill exceed,
So that by use and practice may be known,
So then it shall be needlesse to declare
be still discovered more and more; Let him that list no pain nor trouble spare To seek them out as I have done before,
And then it shall not discontent his minde
This curious tract has been ascribed to the pen of the celebrated Dr. Donne. See Sir John Hawkins's edition of Walton's Complete Angler, 1775. p. 153, note. At the end of this volume is a sort of Appendix, having the signature of R. R. This Sir John supposes to mean R. Roe. It should seem, that scarce as it really is, there were two editions of this work.
THIS old English Poet is slightly mentioned by Ritson, in his Catalogue of English Poets, and somewhat more at length by Mr. Bridges, in his improved edition of Philips's Theatrum Poetarum. Mr. Ellis had probably not seen any of his perF 2
formances, at least he has given no specimen of his works yet he is spoken of as a writer, by no means inelegant, by Warton in his History of Poetry, vol. 111. p. 405.
I have discovered in a very curious and valuable volume of Miscellaneous Poetry, belonging to Sion College Library, the performance of Richard Barnfield, alluded to by Warton; and for the benefit of collectors in this line, subjoin a description, with a specimen.
THE AFFECTIONATE SHEPHEARD.
Containing the complaint of Daphnis for the Love of Ganymede.
Amor plus mellis quam fellis est.
London. Printed by John Danter, for T. G. and E. N. and are to bee sold in Saint Dunstones Church Yeard, in Fleet Street. 1594.
The author appears to have had in view, for imitation, the second Eclogue of Virgil, but it must be confessed that much cannot be said in favour of his Poetry.
Remember age, and thou canst not be prowd,
Nature and nurture once together met,
Pride looks aloft, still staring on the starres,
His thoughts are humble, not aspiring hye,
Humility is clad in modest weedes,
Supplying not their wants, but them disdaining,
Humility in misery is relieved,
But Pride is scornd, contemnd, disdaind, derided,
Oh then be humble, genile, meeke, and milde,
Care not for them that vertue doo despise,