An Old Man's Holidays

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S. Low, Marston, 1900 - Fishing - 140 pages
 

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Page 14 - That's the wise thrush; he sings each song twice over, Lest you should think he never could recapture The first fine careless rapture! And though the fields look rough with hoary dew, All will be gay when noontide wakes anew The buttercups, the little children's dower — Far brighter than this gaudy melon-flower!
Page 55 - Under an oak, whose antique root peeps out Upon the brook that brawls along this wood : To the which place a poor ^sequester'd stag, That from the hunter's aim had ta'en a hurt...
Page 144 - FLOAT FISHING AND SPINNING IN THE NOTTINGHAM STYLE. By JW MARTIN, the " Trent Otter." Coloured boards, Illustrated. Crown 8vo, 2s. 6d. A HANDY GUIDE TO DRY-FLY FISHING. By COTSWOLD ISYS, MA Illustrated. Third and revised Edition. Crown 8vo, boards, is. RECOLLECTIONS OF FLY-FISHING FOR SALMON, TROUT, AND GRAYLING. By EDWARD HAMILTON, MD, FLS, &c. Illustrated.
Page 67 - Our life is but a winter's day : Some only breakfast and away ; Others to dinner stay and are full fed; The oldest man but sups and goes to bed. Large is his debt who lingers out the day ; Who goes the soonest has the least to pay.
Page 55 - To-day, my lord of Amiens and myself Did steal behind him, as he lay along Under an oak, whose antique root peeps out Upon the brook that brawls along this wood...
Page 128 - I4th of September, and he had supposed the grasshopper season was over. The unexpected temptation was too strong for him. He rose with a rush, and in an instant I was fast to the best land-locked salmon of the year.
Page 128 - At last he made his way to the very edge of the water and poised himself on a stone, with his legs well tucked in for a long leap and a bold flight to the other side of the river. It was my final opportunity. I made a desperate grab at it and caught the grasshopper. My premonition proved to be correct. When that Kri-karee, invisibly attached to my...
Page ix - ... opportunities have been so rare that even now after sixteen years of enthusiasm I find myself painfully deficient in the skilful manipulation that comes first by nature (for one must be born to it) and then by continuous practice. I must, however, in extenuation, hold the bad weather I most frequently had, in a large degree accountable for the repeated failures herein recorded. If I were called upon to tell why I have taken the trouble to print in a book these holiday sketches, I could only say...
Page v - The sofa suits The gouty limb, 'tis true; but gouty limb, Though on a sofa, may I never feel: For I have loved the rural walk through lanes Of grassy swarth, close cropped by nibbling sheep, And skirted thick with intertexture firm Of thorny boughs; have loved the rural walk O'er hills, through valleys, and by rivers...
Page 144 - By MICHAEL THEAKSTON. Revised and Annotated by FRANCIS M. WALBRAN. With Woodcut Illustrations, and Plates of Natural Flies drawn from Life. Crown 8vo, cloth, 5s.

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