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Yet sometimes higher and lower , as matters do rise and fall : for if proper and natural words , in well - joined sentences , do lively express the matter , be it troublesome , quiet , angry , or pleasant , a man shall think not to be ...
... and least punished , is unkindness : the greatest mischief truly , and least punished also by any ordinary law and sentence : yet , as I have seen here by experience , unkindness hath so wrought with men , as the men were not afraid ...
... yea , and after that the deed was proved plainly on them , and sentence of death pronounced openly against them , yet he gave them life and liberty which would have taken both from him . And when Monsieur de Thermes earnestly told ...
This verse and this sentence , the one made of spite , the other spoken of displeasure , be here commended as men be affectioned . For my part , as I cannot accuse him for all , so will I not excuse him for part .
Darius , the first of that name , and King of Persia , showed plainly how fit it is for a King to love and use shooting , which commanded this sentence to be graven in his tomb for a princely memory and praise : Darius the King lieth ...
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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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