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... will be as busy as the best , but such one commonly tplucketh down aside , and
crafty archers which be against him , will be both glad of him , and also ever
ready to lay and bet with him : it were better for such one to sit down than shoot .
Therefore , I suppose , if men should use to go into the fields , and learn to shoot
mighty strong shots , and never care for any mark at all , they should do much
better . Tox . The truth is , that fashion much used would do much good , but this
Very gladly , Toxophilus : for so by order those things which I would know , you
shall tell the better , and those things which you shall tell , I shall remember the
better . * So importunately . THE END OF THE FIRST BOOK OF THE SCHOOL
Yea , and I suppose , if the same little barbs which they have were clean put
away , they should be far better . For this every man doth grant , that a shaft , as
long as ' it fieth , * turns , and when it leaveth turning , it leaveth going any further .
to be better for his purpose , either because it is lower feathered , or else because
it is of a better wing , will so handle with discretion his shot , that he shall seemn
rather to have the weather under his rule , by good heed giving , than the ...
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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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