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And as for the Latin or Greek tongue , every thing is so excellently done in them ,
that none can do better : in the English tongue , contrary , every thing in a manner
so meanly both for the matter and handling , that no man can do worse .
But to excuse Riccius somewhat , though I cannot fully defend him , it may be
said , his purpose was , to teach only the Latin tongue ; when this way that I do
wish , to join Virgil with Homer , to read Tully with Demosthenes and Plato ,
deed ; but the knowledge and Imitation of the Greek tongue withal . This he
confesseth himself ; this he uttereth in many places , as those can tell best that
use to read him most . Therefore thou , that shootest at perfection in the Latin
But yet , because the providence of God hath left unto us in no other tongue ,
save only in the Greek and Latin tongue , the true precepts and perfect examples
of eloquence ; therefore must we seek in the authors only of those two tongues ,
He that maketh perfectness in the Latin tongue his mark , must come to it by
choice and certain knowledge , and not stumble upon it by chance and doubtful
ignorance . And the right steps to reach unto it be these , linked thus orderly
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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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