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Much Wenlock Bowling Club

Mitchell's Manual

MITCHELLS MANUAL OF RULES AND HINTS ON PLAYING BOWLS c 1880

Life, like the game of bowls, is but an end,
Which to play well, this moral verse attend.
Throw not your bowl too rashly from your hand,
First let its course by reasons eye be planned,
Lest it roll useless o'er the verdant plain.
Like needless life, that finishes in vain.
Know well your bias - here the moral school,
Scarce needs a comment on the golden rule.
Play not too wide, with caution eye your cast,
Use not extent of green, or life to waste.
Nor yet too straight, in life observe the same.
The narrowminded often miss their aim !
Bowling too short, you but obstruct the green,
Like him who loiters in lifes public scene
Who'er at bowls or business causes strife,
Will rubs on greens receive, and eke in life.
One bowling trick avoid in moral play,
Ah, never block your neighbours way.
These rules observed, a man may play his game
On bowling greens -- or thro' the world with fame.