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Advice for Gentlemen Archers
I found a brilliantly weird book of archery poetry on Google eBooks. "Archery: A Poem" was written in 1793, and is dedicated to Gentleman Archers. I thought this particular excerpt worth transcribing, on how a Gentleman Archer ought to live his life:
'To be sung to the tune of The Sons of Anacreon -
Shun Comus, who would your souls sensualise,
Nor quaff to gay Bacchus too mighty a potion:
If Venus is urgent, be loving but wise;
Let right reason regulate here, your devotion.'
Follow this advice, and you'll hit the target every time!
He doesn't have any words of advice for lady archers, so I'm going to carry on quaffing mighty potions in the name of Bacchus.
Google eBook here: http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=4UNDAQAAMAAJ&printsec=frontcover&dq=archery&hl=en&sa=X&ei=o09uVIb2EreOsQT99oIw&ved=0CCUQ6AEwATgK#v=onepage&q=archery&f=false
Corrinne B (2020 Instructor)
20th Nov 2014 21:00