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Octavio seeing what was done to his father , even when his grandfather was
Pope , thought , that now as his house decayed , so his jeopardy increased : and
therefore against a desperate evil began to seek for a desperate remedy , which
For , no man can read David's Psalms attentively , but he shall see all his own
faults , all his own necessities , all his outward deeds , all his inward thoughts ,
set before his eyes . And yet is it as true , that the thoughts and sayings of Da vid
Yes forsooth , as wise as they be , either in other men's opinion , or in their own
conceit , I will bring the contrary judgement of him , who , they themselves shall
confess , was as wise as they are , or else they may be justly thought to have
To utter these my thoughts somewhat more largely , were somewhat beside my
matter , yet not very far out of the way ... of their prince , bestowed it as liberally for
the good of their country : Some men thought therefore , that Dr. Medcalfe was ...
Thus I , first ready by mine own nature , then moved by good counsel , after
driven by ill fortune , lastly called by quietness , thought it good to root myself in
Cambridge again . And in very deed , so many be pluckt from thence before they
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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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