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What handling is proper to the instruments ? Tox . Standing , knocking , drawing ,
holding , loosing , whereby cometh fair shooting , which neither belong to wind
nor weather , nor yet to the mark ; for in a rain and at no mark , a man may shoot a
Yet , in a wind , and against the wind , the weather hath so much power on the
broad end , that no man can keep , no sure length with such a head ; therefore a
bl¨nt head , ' in a calm or down a wind , is very good , otherwise none worse .
And in every one of these times , the weather altereth ; as sometime windy ,
sometime calm , sometime cloudy , sometime clear , sometime hot , sometime
cold , the wind sometime moisty and thick , sometime dry and smooth . A little
wind in a ...
To see the wind , with a man's eyes , it is unpossible , the nature of it is so fine
and subtile ; yet this experience of the wind had I once myself , and that was in
the great snow that fell four years ago . I rode in the high way betwixt Topcliff ...
And I saw two winds , by reason of the snow , the one cross over the other , as it
had been two high ways . And , again , I should hear the wind blow in the air ,
when nothing was stirred at the ground . And when all was still where I rode , not
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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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