Charles Cotton

(28 April 1630 – 16 February 1687 / Beresford Hall)

Charles Cotton Poems

1. The Morning Quatrains 4/21/2010
2. The Noon Quatrains 4/21/2010
3. The Night Quatrains 4/21/2010
4. Clepsydra 4/21/2010
5. To Coelia 1/4/2003
6. The Evening Quatrains 4/21/2010
7. The Angler's Ballad 4/21/2010
Best Poem of Charles Cotton

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...

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