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So show me best shooting , not the best shooter ; which , if he be never so good ,
yet hath he many a fault , easily of ... And therefore marvel not if I require to follow
that example which is without fault , rather than that which hath so many faults .
All these faults be either in the drawing , or at the loose ; with many other more ,
which you may easily perceive , and so go ... men have many faults , which evil
custom hath broughtthem to ; and especially in crying after the shaft , and
And many other faults there be , which now come not to my remembrance . ... that
thing in it , which if you follow , shall not be without fault , yet your fault shall
neither quickly be perceived , nor yet greatly ' rebuked of them that stand by .
The chief cause why men cannot shoot straight , is because they look at their
shaft ; and this fault cometh , because a man is not taught to shoot when he is
young . If he learn to shoot by himself , he is afraid to pull the shaft through the
Brutus , Calvus , and Cálidius , who found fault with Tully's fulness in words and
matter , and that rightly ; for Tully did both confess it , and mend it : yet in Cæsar
they neither did , nor could find the like , or any other fault . And therefore thus ...
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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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