Izaak Walton

“No life, my honest Scholar, no life so happy and so pleasant as the life of a well-governed Angler; for when the lawyer is swallowed up with business, and the statesman is preventing or contriving plots, then we sit on cowslip banks, hear the birds sing, and possess ourselves in as much quietness as these silent silver streams, which we now see glide so quietly by us…God never did make a more calm, quiet, innocent recreation than angling.”

——Izaak Walton

The key-note of which is the nostalgia for a fairer age that had passed away.(pastoral)