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This thing maketh them some time to overshoot the mark , some time to shoot far
wide , and perchance hurt some that look on . Other that never learned to shoot ,
nor yet knoweth good shaft nor bow , will be as busy as the best , but such one ...
And , in a side wind , you must stand somewhat cross into the wind , for so shall
you shoot the surer . When you have taken good footing , then must you look at
your shaft , that no earth , nor wet , be left upon it , for so should it lose the length .
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
This wonderful word of God in making all the members so obedient to the eye , is
a pleasant thing to remember and look upon ; therefore an archer may be sure ,
in learning to look at his mark when he is young , always to shoot straight .
If he be innocent and ignorant of ill , they say he is rude , and hath no grace : so
ungraciously do some graceless men misuse the fair and godly word grace . , But
if you would know what grace they mean , go and look , and learn among them ...
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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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