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The bow has been so long disused , that most English readers have forgotten its
importance , though it was the weapon by which we gained the battle of
Agincourt , a weapon which when handled by English yeomen , no foreign troops
And as for the Latin or Greek tongue , every thing is so excellently done in them ,
that none can do better : in the English tongue , contrary , every thing in a manner
so meanly both for the matter and handling , that no man can do worse .
... both with authority and also daily experience , and by a certain proverb that
they have amongst their communication , whereby they give the whole praise of
shooting honestly to Englishmen , saying thus : that's erery English archer
We began after Christmas ; I read unto him Tully de Amicitia , which he did every
day twice translate , out of Latin into English , and out of English into Latin again .
About St. Laurence tide after , to prove how he profited , I did choose out ...
Indeed our English tongue , having in use chiefly words of one syllable , which
commonly be long , doth not well receive the nature of carmen heroicum :
because Dactylus , the aptest foot for that verse , containing one long and two
short , is ...
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essential reading, from an observer in 'flat English' language at a time when world affairs centered in and around Vienna and were essentially continental.
Quoted as first liner in a fascinating book on Anglo-French Entente under le Grand Toy, Louis XIV and the Merry Monarch, Charles II.
Full of candor, at a time when the political discourse was still amenable to compromise and chivalry, gallantry, so Ascham's remarks letters oin the Habsburg Empire, hence to Metternich and his pickup by Henry Kissinger - show the long ptrocxessof diplomacy that is not necessarily mad policy.
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The English Works of Roger Ascham: Preceptor to Queen Elizabeth
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