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Anecdotes of Archery
Part 34 of 34

THUS have we feen in the lapfe of time, one of the mod dangerous and deftructive weapons of war laid afide, to make room for a novel invention ; and Englifh Archery, once the terror of foreign enemies, now changed into a pleafing, elegant, and healthful amufement. May we not wifh for a fimilar alteration with regard to every other inftrument invented for the deftruction of men; and hope for the arrival of thofe peaceful days, fo beautifully defcribed by the poet——

No more fhall nation againft nation rife,
Nor ardent warriors meet with hateful eyes;
Nor fields with gleaming fteel be cover'd o'er,
The brazen trumpets kindle rage no more;
But ufelefs lances into fcythes fhall bend.
And the broad falchion in a plowfhare end.

The End