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... kept in by their masters , very oft shall not ; craftsmen , for getting of their living ,
very much leisure have not ; and many there be that oft begins , but , for
inaptness , proves not ; and most of all , which when they be shooters give it over
and list ...
... and said unto the ambassadors , you shall commend me to Cambyses , and
give him this bow from me , and bid him , when any Persian can shoot in this bow
, let him set upon the Ethiopians ; in the mean while let him give thanks unto God
gayness , hath for two causes ; first because it is * leath , weak to give place to the
bow , then because it is of that nature that it will start up after the bow . So plate ,
wood , or horn , cannot serve , because they will not give place . Again , cloth ...
I trust , this my writing shall give some good student occasion to take * some
piece in hand of this work of Imitation . And as I had rather have any do it than
myself , yet surely myself rather than none at all . And by God's grace , if God do
Marry , in reading with some great man , when leisure should give leave , the
course of the Greek stories or other part of learning , I could instruct myself , but I
would live freely by the benefit of my prince and country . He said if he had known
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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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