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This way which you require of me , Philologus , is too hard for me , and too high
for a shooter to talk on ; and taken , as I suppose , out of the midst of philosophy ,
to search out the perfect end of any thing ; the which perfect end to find out , saith
Therefore , seeing that which is most perfect and best in shooting , as always to
hit the prick , was never seen nor heard tell on yet amongst men , but only
imagined and thought upon in a man's mind , methinks this is the wisest counsel ,
Every craft and science standeth in two things : in knowing of his craft , and
working of his craft ; for perfect knowledge bringeth a man to perfect working : this
know painters , carvers , tailors , shoemakers , and all other craftsmen , to be true
For in double translating a perfect piece of Tully or Cæsar , neither the scholar in
learning , nor the master in teaching , can err ... to confirm it with good reason , to
express any purpose fitly and orderly , is learned thus both easily and perfectly .
judges of the Latin tongue , nor the most envious lookets upon other men's
writings , can say any other , but all things be most perfectly done by him . Brutus ,
Calvus , and Cálidius , who found fault with Tully's fulness in words and matter ,
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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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