|John Bartlett (18201905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.|
|AUTHOR:||Izaak Walton (15931683)|
|QUOTATION:||Oh, the gallant fishers life!|
It is the best of any;
T is full of pleasure, void of strife,
And t is beloved by many.
|ATTRIBUTION:||The Angler. (John Chalkhill.) 1|
In 1683, the year in which he died, Walton prefixed a preface to a work edited by him: Thealma and Clearchus, a Pastoral History, in smooth and easy verse; written long since by John Chalkhill Esq., an acquaintant and friend of Edmund Spenser.
Chalkhill,a name unappropriated, a verbal phantom, a shadow of a shade. Chalkhill is no other than our old piscatory friend incognito.Zouch: Life of Walton. [back]