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But , to be carried from such private misery , up to princely state and felicity , is
only the dealing of God with such princes ... death , yet not any his private
revenge for private injuries , but God's open punishment , brought them all under
his feet .
This volume containeth two books : the first , the life of Saul , the image of an ill
prince , the deformed face of a miserable kingdom , where God and his goodness
is forgotten , God's voice not heard , right religion perverted , true sacri fices ...
God , neither then rebuked with words , nor after revenged with deeds ; but , by
and by , most humbly answered , with Ego ... but speedily rising up at God's
calling , brought his own state to highest dignity , and his people to greatest
And so , in the end , God's high gifts , not thankfully remembered , but ungodly
used , turned all to Saul's greater destruction . On the other side , David , a good
king , was tossed with all miseries , by danger of sorest injuries , by grief of
casion to complain of these miseries ; but others have authority to remedy them ,
and will do so too , when God shall think time fit . For all these misorders be God's
just plagues , by his sufferance brought justly upon us for our sins , which be ...
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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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