A Long of ife Angfer
Willow and toi-toi, tangles of fern On the banks of the smooth-flowing river, Old rained fences, and pathways that turn Where the flax-bushes rustle and shiver.; Islands of shingle, shadowy foam, Bright glancing waters fast rippling horne — There's where the fisherman loveth to roam, There flows the trout-teeming river. Angler.-, a many, with rod and with line, Will " cast " up the long rippling river, When clematis blossoms, and summer suns shine, As the spear-grasses lazily quiver. " Sing hey, for the noble four pounder," they cry, "That lurks where the weeds and the water-cress lie! Sing ho, for the music of reel and of fly As it lights on the bright-shining river ! " Where are the fishers who angled last year Erom the banks of the beautiful river ? Will they meet on the shingle, or wait at the weir, Where toi-toi plumes shudder and shiver? Will the old merry laugh, and the jest circle round, As the fly is fixed on, or the reel is unwound ? Ah, yes! although some will have passed without sound Like beads on the foam-winking river. Chetnb Farnie.
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