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Of all the recreations which
Attend on human nature, There's none that's of so high a pitch
Or is of such a stature, As is the subtile angler's life,
In all men's approbation ; For angler's tricks do daily mix,
In every corporation.
Whilst Eve and Adam liv'd in love,
And had no cause for jangling, The devil did the waters move,
The serpent went to angling ; He baits his hook with god-like look,
Thought he, this will entangle her, By this ye all may plainly see,
That the devil was first an angler.
Physicians, lawyers, and divines,
Are almost neat eutanglers ; And he that looketh fine, will find
That most of them are anglers. Whilst grave divines do fish for souls,
Physicians, like curmudgeons, They bait with health, we fish for wea
And lawyers fish for gudgeons. R