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But he was no sooner at home with the Emperor , but word was sent to Duke
Maurice , that the Marquis , who was as then come to Magdeburg , if he would
needs serve there , should serve without wages . Ye may be sure the Marquis
ΕΥΦΥΗΣ , , Is he , that is apt by goodness of wit , and appliable by readiness of
will , to learning , having all other qualities of the mind and parts of the body , that
must another day serve learning ; not troubled , mangled and halved , but sound
Yet against those that will needs become beasts with serving of Circe , the
prophet David crieth most loud , Nolite fieri ... they make great suit to serve her ;
yea , I could point out some with my finger , that never had gone out of England ,
Therefore , Šir , to be short , ye bind me to serve you for ever , if by your suit the
king's majesty would grant me this ... reason I have to be made free and
journeyman to learning , when I have already served three apprenticeships at
Sir , my trust is , you will not judge me inconstant for this diversity in choice of my
living , but rather one that would lievest live as I find self fittest to serve my prince
and my country ; for as God be my judge , I had rather follow fitness in myself ...
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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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