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I would never have thought you could have said half so much of a stele ; and , I
think , as concerning the little feather , and the plain head , there is but little to say
. Tox . Little ! yes , truly : for there is no one thing in all shooting so much to be ...
Again , cloth , paper , or parchment , cannot serve , because they will not rise
after the bow ; therefore a feather is only meet , because it only will do both . Now
, to look on the feathers of all manner of birds , you shall see some so low , weak
The old goose feather is stiff and strong , good for a wind , and fittest for a dead
shaft : the young goose feather is weak and fine , best for a swift shaft ; and it
must be cooled at the first sheering , somewhat high , for with shooting it will
settle and ...
The colour of the feather is least to be regarded , yet somewhat to be looked on ;
for a good white you have sometimes an ill grey . Yet , surely it standeth with
good reason , to have the cock - feather black or grey , as it were to give a man ...
Moreover , both the fletcher in making your shaft , and you in nocking your shaft ,
must take heed that two feathers equally ... For if one feather run alone on the
bow , it shall quickly be worn , and shall not be able to match with the other
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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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