by Mrs. Eunice B Lamberton
with revisions İMark Minter
Give me a rod of the split bamboo,
a rainy day and a fly or two,
a mountain stream where the eddies play,
and mists hang low o'er the winding way,
Give me a haunt by the furling brook,
A hidden spot in a mossy nook,
No sound save hum of the drowsy bee,
or lone bird's tap on the hollow tree.
The world may roll with it's busy throng,
And phantom scenes on it's way along,
It's stocks may rise, or it's stocks may fall,
Ah! What care I for it's baubles all?
I cast my fly o'er the troubled rill,
Luring the beauties by magic skill,
With mind at rest and a heart at ease,
And drink delight at the balmy breeze.
A lusty trout to my glad surprise,
Speckled and bright on the crest arise,
Then splash and plunge in a dazzling whirl,
Hope springs anew as the wavelets curl.
Gracefully swinging from left to right,
Action so gentle- motion so slight,.
Tempting, enticing, on craft intent,
Till yielding tip by the game is bent
Drawing in slowly, then letting go
Under the ripples where mosses grow
Doubting my fortune, lost in a dream,
Blessing the land of forest and stream.
December fifteenth, 1873
These lines were written on the spur of the moment at the famous pool midway between Martin's and Bartlett's on the Saranac River- Adirondacks- As Mr. Lamberton "with split bamboo and a fly or two" whipped the water. -A. B. Lamberton
NOTE: I found this hand-written in the front pages of an old book. I have transcribed the entire page, including the footnote it had, and added some of my own revisions and updates to the
wording. Apparently written by Mrs. Lamberton as she watched her husband fish, it captures the excitement and joy of fly fishing in a few verses. I know you will enjoy it.
First published online by me on my original
fishingantiques.com site in the late '90s, it's been stolen by dozens of people
and incorporated into their websites. I know this because even if it was
published somewhere in it's original form, it would be highly unlikely to have
the same revisions that I made to modernize it.
Please enjoy it, and respect it by linking to it
if you wish to share it. Thanks.