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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 :


Now that the Angler may the better know
Where he may find each fish he may require;
Since some delight in waters still and slow,
And some do love the mud and slimy mire;
Some others where the stream doth swiftly flow,
Some stony ground, and gravell some desire :

Here shall he learn how every sort doth seeke
To haunt the layre that doth his nature like.

Carp, Eele, and Tench do love a muddy ground,
Eeles under stones or hollow roots do lie,
The Tench among thick weeds is soonest found,
The fearfull Carp into the deep doth flie,
Bream, Chub, and Pike, where clay and sand abound,
Pike loves great pooles and places full of frie:

The Chub delights in stream or shady tree,
And tender Bream in broadest lake to be.

The Salmon swift the rivers sweet doth like,
Where largest streams into the sea are led,
The spotted Trout the smaller brooke doth seek,
And in the deepest hole there hides his head,

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,
Green weedy roots, and stony gravel small.
So doth the Bulhead, Gudgion, and the Loch,
Who most in shallow brooks delight to be;
The Ruffe, the Dace, the Barbell, and the Roch,
Gravell and sand do love in lesse degree,
But to the deep and shade do more approach,
And over head some covert love to see

Of spreading poplar, oake, or willow green,
Where underneath they lurke for being seene.

The mighty Luce great waters haunts alway,
And in the stillest place thereof doth lie,
Save when he rangeth forth to seek his prey,
And swift among the fearful fish do flie;
The dainty Humber loves the marley clay,
And clearest streams of champion country nigh.

And in the chiefest pooles thereof doth rest,

Where he is soonest found, and taken best.
The Cavender amidst the waters faire,
In swiftest streams doth most himself bestowe,
The Shad and Tweat do rather like the laire
Of brackish waves, where it doth ebb and flow,
And thither also doth the Flock repaire,
And flat upon the bottome lieth low.

The Peele, the Mullet, ånd the Suants good
Do like the same, and therein seek their food.

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But here experience doth my skill exceed,
Since divers countries divers rivers have,
And divers rivers change of waters breed,
And change of waters sundry fish do crave,
And sundry fish in divers places feed,
As best doth like them in the liquid wave.


So that by use and practice may be known,
More than by art or skill can well be shown.

So then it shall be needlesse to declare
What sundry kinds there lie in secret store,
And where they do resort, and what they are,

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
How choice of place and change of game to finde.

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.


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,
For age pulls downe tbe pride of every man.
In youthfull yeares by nature tis allowde
To have selfe-will, doo nurture what she can.


Nature and nurture once together met,
The soule and shape in decent order set.

Pride looks aloft, still staring on the starres,
Humility looks lowly on the ground,
Th' one menaceth the gods with civil warres,
The other toyles till he have vertue found.

His thoughts are humble, not aspiring hye,
But Pride looks haughtily, with scorneful eye.

Humility is clad in modest weedes,
But Pride is brave and glorious to the show;
Humility his friendes with kindness feedes,
But Pride his friendes in neede will never know.

Supplying not their wants, but them disdaining,
Whilst they to pitty never neede complayning.

Humility in misery is relieved,
But Pride in neede, of no man is regarded;
Pitty and mercy weepe to see him grieved,
That in distresse had them so well rewarded;

But Pride is scornd, contemnd, disdaind, derided,
Whilst Humbleness of all things is provided.

Oh then be humble, genile, meeke, and milde,
So shalt tbou be of every mouth commended;
Be not disdainfull, cruell, proude, sweet childe,
So shalt thou be of no man much condemned.

Care not for them that vertue doo despise,
Vertue is loathde of fooles, lovd of the wise,

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