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The remembrance of this blasphemy , Philologus , doth make me quake at the
heart , and therefore I will speak no more of it . And so to conclude with such
gaming , I think there be no ungraciousness in all this world that carrieth a man
so far ...
First , he that with his harness himself doth wall about , That scarce is left one
hole through which he may peep out , Such bond men to their harness to fight are
nothing meet , But soonest of all other are trodden under feet . If he be strong , his
Persians themselves set by shooting , whereby they increased their empire so
much , doth appear by three manifest reasons : First , that they brought up their
youth in the school of shooting under twenty years of age , as divers noble Greek
... which lasts but one shot , there is no feather but only of a goose that hath all
commodities in it . And truly at a short butt , which some men doth use , the
peacock feather doth seldom keep up the shaft either right or level , it is so rough
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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