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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 drooping , sunk down into earthly things . Phi . I remember the place very
To speak of shooting , Philologus , truly I would I were so able , either as I myself
am willing , or yet as the matter deserveth ; but seeing with wishing , we cannot
have one now worthy , which so worthy a thing can worthily praise , and although
Yet how long shooting hath continued , what commonwealths have most used it ,
how honest a thing it is for all men ... all manner of tongues and writers , Hebrew ,
Greek , and Latin , have so plentifully spoken of it , as of few other things like .
And that in shooting is best , that provoketh a man to use shooting most ; for much
use maketh men shoot both strong and well , which two things in shooting every
man doth desire . And the chief maintainer of use in any thing is comparison ...
bringing up children in the book and the bow ! by which two things the whole
commonwealth , both in peace and war , is ... begin to learn it in his youth ; the
omitting of which thing in England , both maketh fewer shooters , and also every
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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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