A concise treatise on the art of angling, confirmed by actual experience: interspersed with several new and recent discoveries ... (Google eBook)

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Barnard and Sultzer, 1804 - 184 pages
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Page 138 - Of pendent trees, the monarch of the brook, Behoves you then to ply your finest art. Long time he, following cautious, scans the fly ; And oft attempts to seize it, but as oft The dimpled water speaks his jealous fear. At last, while haply o'er the shaded sun Passes a cloud, he desperate takes the death, With sullen plunge. At once he darts along...
Page 138 - There throw, nice-judging, the delusive fly; And as you lead it round in artful curve, With eye attentive mark the springing game.
Page 156 - ... to the House of Correction, there to be kept to hard labour for any time not exceeding three calendar months...
Page 28 - The worm that draws a long immoderate size The trout abhors, and the rank morsel flies ; And if too small, the naked fraud's in sight, And fear forbids, while hunger does invite. Those baits will best reward the fisher's pains, Whose...
Page 179 - A swarm of bees in May is worth a load of hay. A swarm of bees in June is worth a silver spoon. A swarm of bees in July is not worth a fly.
Page 134 - Through subterranean cells, Where searching sun-beams scarce can find a way, Earth animated heaves.
Page 139 - With yielding hand, That feels him still, yet to his furious course Gives way, you, now retiring, following now Across the stream, exhaust his idle rage; Till floating broad upon his breathless side, And to his fate abandon'd, to the shore You gaily drag your unresisting prize.
Page 55 - I say, put your hook, I mean the arming wire, through his mouth, and out at his gills ; and then with a fine needle and silk sew the upper part of his leg, with only one stitch, to the arming wire of your hook ; or tie the frog's leg above the upper joint to the armed wire ; and, in so doing, use him as though you loved him, that is, harm him as little as you may possible that he may live the longer.
Page 141 - Cooper's Hill, My eye, descending from the Hill, surveys Where Thames among the wanton valleys strays ; Thames ! the most loved of all the Ocean's sons, By his old sire, to his embraces runs, Hasting to pay his tribute to the sea, Like mortal life to meet eternity. Though with those streams he no resemblance hold, Whose foam is amber and their gravel gold, His genuine and less guilty wealth t' explore, Search not his bottom, but survey his shore, O'er which he kindly spreads his spacious wing, And...
Page 173 - When down the steep of heav'n he drives the day : For oft we find him finishing his race, With various colours erring on his face. If fiery red his glowing globe descends, High winds and furious tempests he portends : But, if his cheeks are swoln with livid blue, He bodes wet weather by his...

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