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2342 Izaak Walton 1593-1683 John Bartlett

AUTHOR:Izaak Walton (1593–1683)
QUOTATION:Oh, the gallant fisher’s 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
Note 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]