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Some shooters take in hand stronger bows , than they be able to * maintain . This
thing maketh them some time to overshoot the mark , some time to shoot far wide
, and perchance hurt some that look on . Other that never learned to shoot , nor ...
... is commonly punished : when a wise schoolmaster should rather discreetly
consider the right disposition of both their natures , and not so much weigh what
either of them is able to do now , as what either of them is likely to do hereafter .
And beside good precepts in books , in all kind of tongues , this court also never
lacked many fair examples for young gentlemen to follow : and surely one
example is more valu . able , both to good and ill , than twenty precepts written in
Therefore , if wise men will needs send their sons into Italy , let them do it wisely ,
under the keep and guard of him who , by his wisdom and honesty , by his
example and authority , may be able to keep them safe and sound in the fear of
Which tools , if it please God that another day they may be able to use rightly , as I
do wish , and daily pray they may do , I shall be more glad than if I were able to
leave them a great quantity of land . This foresaid order and doctrine of Imitation ...
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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
No preview available - 2020