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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
 
NUMBER:2419
AUTHOR:Sir William Davenant (1605–1668)
QUOTATION:For angling-rod he took a sturdy oake; 1
For line, a cable that in storm ne’er 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 dragon’s tale,—
And then on rock he stood to bob for whale.
ATTRIBUTION:Britannia Triumphans. Page 15. 1637.
 
Note 1.
For angling rod he took a sturdy oak;
For line, a cable that in storm ne’er broke;
. . . . . .
His hook was baited with a dragon’s 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. Chambers’s 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 ne’er broke;
His hook he baited with a dragon’s tail,—
And sat upon a rock, and bobb’d for whale.
William King (1663–1712): Upon a Giant’s Angling. (In Chalmers’s “British Poets” ascribed to King.) [back]
 

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