Rural Sports, Volume 2

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Longman, Hurst, Rees & Orme, 1812

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Page 447 - 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 hird 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 119 - The bright-ey'd perch with fins of Tyrian dye. The silver eel, in shining volumes roll'd, The yellow carp, in scales bedropp'd with gold, Swift trouts, diversified with crimson stains, And pikes, the tyrants of the wat'ry plains. Now Cancer glows with Phoebus...
Page 223 - A day with not too bright a beam, A warm, but not a scorching sun, A southern gale to curl the stream, And, master, half our work is done.
Page 182 - Fyers pours his mossy floods ; Till full he dashes on the rocky mounds, Where, through a shapeless breach, his stream resounds. As high in air the bursting torrents flow, As deep recoiling surges foam below, Prone down the rock the whitening sheet descends, And viewless echo's ear, astonish'd, rends.
Page 173 - On Leven's banks, while free to rove, And tune the rural pipe to love, I envied not the happiest swain That ever trod the Arcadian plain. Pure stream ! in whose transparent wave My youthful limbs I wont to lave...
Page 283 - For, to say nothing of half the birds, and some quadrupeds which are almost entirely supported by them, worms seem to be the great promoters of vegetation, which would proceed but lamely without them, by boring, perforating, and loosening the soil, and rendering it pervious to rains and the fibres of plants, by drawing straws and stalks of leaves and twigs into it ; and, most of all, by throwing up such infinite numbers of lumps of earth called worm-casts, which, being their excrement, is a fine...
Page 451 - ... the hackle into the bent of the hook, with the hollow (which is the palest) side upwards, and whip it very fast to its place; in doing whereof, be careful not to tie in many of the fibres; or if you should chance to do so, pick them out with the point of a very large needle.
Page 68 - By this book and by the Holy contents thereof and by the wonderful works that God hath miraculously wrought in Heaven above and in the Earth beneath in Six days and Seven nights: I...
Page 117 - She said ! the world obey'd, and all was peace ! In that blest moment from his oozy bed Old father Thames advanc'd his reverend head ; His tresses dropp'd with dews, and o'er the stream His shining horns diffus'da golden gleam : Grav'd on his urn appear'd the moon, that guides His swelling waters and alternate tides ; The figur'd streams in waves of silver roll'd, And on her banks Augusta rose in gold.
Page 174 - ... pride, The salmon, monarch of the tide ; The ruthless pike, intent on war, The silver eel, and mottled par.* Devolving from thy parent lake, A charming maze thy waters make, By bowers of birch, and groves of pine, And hedges flower'd with eglantine.

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