A Concise Treatise on the Art of Angling ... Interspersed with Several New and Recent Discoveries: The Whole Forming a Complete Museum for the Lovers of that Pleasing and Rational Recreation

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B. Crosby, 1807 - Fishing - 186 pages
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Page 138 - Around the stone, or from the hollow'd bank Reverted plays in undulating flow, There throw, nice-judging, the delusive fly; And as you lead it round in artful curve, With eye attentive mark the springing game.
Page 138 - 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.
Page 138 - 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 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 - Let no presuming impious railer tax Creative Wisdom, as if aught was form'd In vain, or not for admirable ends. Shall little haughty Ignorance pronounce His works unwise, of which the smallest part Exceeds the narrow vision of her mind...
Page 91 - To frame the little animal, provide All the gay hues that wait on female pride : Let Nature guide thee ; sometimes golden wire The shining bellies of the fly require ; The peacock's plumes thy tackle must not fail, Nor the dear purchase of the sable's tail. Each gaudy bird some slender tribute brings, And lends the growing. insect proper wings : Silks of all colours must their aid impart, And every fur promote the fisher's art.
Page 157 - Our plenteous streams a various race supply, The bright-eyed perch with fins of Tyrian dye. The silver eel, in shining volumes rolled, The yellow carp, in scales bedropped with gold, Swift trouts, diversified with crimson stains, And pikes, the tyrants of the watery plains.
Page 134 - Resounds the living surface of the ground : Nor undelightful is the ceaseless hum, To him who muses through the woods at noon...
Page 137 - Which, by rapacious Hunger swallow'd deep, Gives, as you tear it from the bleeding Breast Of the weak helpless uncomplaining Wretch, Harsh Pain and Horror to the tender Hand.
Page 138 - With eye attentive mark the springing game. Straight as above the surface of the flood They wanton rise, or urged by hunger leap, Then fix, with gentle twitch the barbed hook : Some lightly tossing to the grassy bank, And to the shelving shore slow dragging some, With various hand proportion'd to their force.

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