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THE CONTEMPLATIVE MAN'S RECREATION.
A Conference between an Angler, a Hunter, and a Falconer, each commending his Recreation.
PISCATOR, VENATOR, AUCEPS.*
PISCATOR. You are well overtaken, gentlemen, a good morning to you both; I have stretched my legs up Tottenham-hill to overtake you, hoping your business may occasion you towards Ware, whither I am going this fine, fresh May morning.
VARIATION.-THE TEXT OF THE FIRST EDITION.
Piscator. You are wel overtaken, Sir; a good morning to you; I have stretch'd my legs up Totnam Hil to overtake you, hoping your businesse may occasion you towards Ware, this fine pleasant fresh May day in the Morning.
The homely simplicity of the introduction is very characteristic of Walton, and shows his opinion of the frank courtesy which honest men, and especially honest anglers, should show to those they fall in company with by the way. On a fine, fresh May day morning an angler going to the stream cannot be otherwise than in a good humor.-Am. Ed.