For angling-rod he took a sturdy oake;2 For line, a cable that in storm neer broke; His hooke was such as heads the end of pole To pluck down house ere fire consumes it whole; The hook was baited with a dragons tale, And then on rock he stood to bob for whale.
Where ignorance is bliss, T is folly to be wise. Thomas Gray: Eton College, Stanza 10. [back]
Note 2. For angling rod he took a sturdy oak; For line, a cable that in storm neer broke; . . . . . . His hook was baited with a dragons tail, And then on rock he stood to bob for whale. From The Mock Romance, a rhapsody attached to The Loves of Hero and Leander, published in London in the years 1653 and 1677. Chamberss Book of Days, vol. i. p. 173.Samuel Daniel: Rural Sports, Supplement, p. 57.
His angle-rod made of a sturdy oak; His line, a cable which in storms neer broke; His hook he baited with a dragons tail, And sat upon a rock, and bobbd for whale. William King (16631712): Upon a Giants Angling. (In Chalmerss British Poets ascribed to King.) [back]