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very every one of them may chance , and doth chance every day ; I marvel any
wise man will think it possible that any ... and that they needed not so much
reparation as bow and shafts , they would never hurt a man's hand , nor never
wear his ...
But it is best , by my judgement , to give the bow so much bent , that the string
need never touch a man's arm , and so should a man need no bracer , as I know
many good archers which occupy none . In a bracer a man must take heed of
Of the making of the bow , I will not greatly meddle , lest I should seem to enter
into another man's occupation , which I cannot skill of . Yet I would desire all
bowyers to season their staves well , to work them and sink them well , to give
saith ; that a man , by use , may be brought to a new nature . And this I dare be
bold to say , that any man which will wisely begin , and constantly persevere in
his trade of learning to shoot , shall attain to perfectness therein . Phi .
corners . divers ways ; yet they all lead a man's hand to shoot straight , if nothing
else stop . So that comeliness is the only judge of best looking at the mark . Some
men wonder why , in casting a man's eye at the mark , the hand should go ...
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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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