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... learning must needs have much recreation and ceasing from their book , or else they mar themselves ; when base and dumpish wits can never be hurt with continual study , as ye see in luting , that a treble minikin string must always ...
time as when a man must needs play , when the base and dull string needeth never to be moved out of his place . The same reason I find true in two bows that I have , whereof the one is quick of cast , * trick , and trim both for ...
This bow , when it came among the Persians , never one man in such an infinite host ( as Herodotus doth say ) could stir the string , save only Smerdis , the brother of Cambyses , which stirred it two fingers , and no further ; for the ...
Again , he that is not used to shoot , shall evermore with untowardness of holding his bow , and knocking his shaft , not looking to his string betime , put his bow always in jeopardy of breaking , and then he were better to be at home ...
... proper for his own use : other things be general to every man , as the place and time serveth . Phi . Which be instruments ? Tox . Bracer , shooting glove , string , bow , and shaft . * The instruments of shooting are external .
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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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