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... mark so diligently , to cast up grass divers times , and other things more you
know better than I. What would you do then , I pray you ? Tox . Hit the mark if we
could . Phi . And doth every man go about to hit the mark at Tox . By my troth I
The weather and the mark ; yet the mark is ever under the rule of the weather .
Phi . Wherein standeth well handling of things ? Tox . Altogether within a man
himself : some handling is proper to instruments , some to the weather , some to
will alter , even in a minute , and at that one mark , and not at the other , and
trouble your shaft in the air , when you shall perceive no wind at the ground , as I
myself have seen shafts tumble aloft in a very fair day . There may be a fault also
The length or shortness of the mark is always under the rule of the weather , yet
somewhat there is in the mark , worthy to ... If the mark stand on a hill - side , or
the ground be unequal with pits and turning ways betwixt the marks , a man's eye
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 straight :
surely if he considered the nature of a man's eye , he would not wonder at it : for
this I ...
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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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