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England hath matter , and England hath men furnished with all abilities to write ;
who , if they would , might bring both like praise unto themselves , and like profit
to others , as these two noble men have done . They lay for their excuse , the lack
59 matter , kept my mind so occupied , that it had no leisure to look to my feet .
For I was reading how some souls , being well feathered , flew always about
heaven and heavenly matters ; other some , having their feathers moulted away
And contrariwise , in those two tongues , all writers , either in religion or any sect
of philosophy , whosoever be found fond in judgement of matter , be commonly
found as rude in uttering their minds . For Stoics , Anabaptists , and friars , with ...
... too curious in marking and piddling thus about the Imitation of others ; and that
the old and worthy authors did never busy their heads and wits , in following so
precisely either the matter , what other men wrote , or else the manner , how other
plentiful storehouse for common eloquence in mean matters , and all private
men's affairs , as the Latin tongue , for that respect ... Three things chiefly , both in
Plantus and Terence , are to be specially considered : the matter , the utterance ,
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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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