Charles Cotton was an English poet and writer, best known for translating the work of Michel de Montaigne from the French, for his contributions to The Compleat Angler, and for the highly influential The Compleat Gamester which has been attributed to him.
He was born at Beresford Hall on the border of Derbyshire and Staffordshire. His father, Charles Cotton the Elder, was a friend of Ben Jonson, John Selden, Sire Henry Wottonand Izaak Walton. The son was apparently not sent to university, but was tutored by Ralph Rawson, one of the fellows ejected from Brasenose College, Oxford, in 1648. Cotton travelled in France and perhaps in Italy, and at the age of ... more »
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Charles Cotton Poems
The Angler's Ballad
AWAY to the brook, All your tackle out look, Here's a day that is worth a year's wishing; See that all things be right,
The Evening Quatrains
THE Day's grown old, the fainting Sun Has but a little way to run, And yet his steeds, with all his skill,
WHY, let is run! who bids it stay? Let us the while be merry; Time there in water creeps away, With us it posts in sherry.
WHEN, Coelia, must my old day set, And my young morning rise In beams of joy so bright as yet Ne'er bless'd a lover's eyes?
The Night Quatrains
THE Sun is set, and gone to sleep With the fair princess of the deep, Whose bosom is his cool retreat,
The Noon Quatrains
THE Day grows hot, and darts his rays From such a sure and killing place, That half this World are fain to fly The danger of his burning eye.
The Morning Quatrains
THE cock has crow'd an hour ago, 'Tis time we now dull sleep forego; Tir'd Nature is by sleep redress'd, And Labour's overcome by rest.
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(4 April 1928 - 28 May 2014)
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The Angler's Ballad
AWAY to the brook,
All your tackle out look,
Here's a day that is worth a year's wishing;
See that all things be right,
For 'tis a very spite
To want tools when a man goes a-fishing.
Your rod with tops two,
For the same will not do
If your manner of angling you vary
And full will you may think
If you troll with a pink,
One too weak will be apt to miscarry.
Then basket, neat made
By a master in's trade
In a belt at your shoulders must dangle;
For none e'er was so vain
To wear this to disdain,
Who a true Brother was of the...