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THOMAS BARKER
English writer and fisherman
(fl. 1651)

A rod twelve feet long and a ring of wire,
  A winder and barrel, will help thy desire
    In killing a Pike; but the forked stick,
      With a slit and a bladder,--and that other fine trick,
        Which our artists call snap, with a goose or a duck,--
          Will kill two for one, if you have any luck;
            The gentry of Shropshire do merrily smile,
              To see a goose and a belt the fish to beguile;
                When a Pike suns himselfe and a-frogging doth go,
                  The two-inched hook is better, I know,
                    Than the ord'nary snaring: but still I must cry,
                      When the Pike is at home, minde the cookery.
      - The Art of Angling [Fishing]


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