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Yet as temporal men of necessity are compelled to take somewhat of learning to
do their office the better withal , so scholars may the boldlier borrow somewhat of
laymen's pastimes to maintain their health in study withal . And surely , of all ...
For if shooting be a medicine ( as you say that it is ) , it may not be used very oft ,
lest a man should hurt himself withal , as medicines much occupied do . For
Aristotle himself saith , that medicines be not meat to live withal ; and thus
Great strings and little strings be for divers purposes : the great string is more
surer for the bow , more stable to prick withal , but slower for the cast . The little
string is clean contrary , not so sure , therefore to be taken heed of , lest with long
Now , when blunt heads be good to keep a length withal , yet naught for a wind ;
sharp heads good to perch the weather withal , yet naught for a length ; certain
headmakers dwelling in London , perceiving the commodity of both kinds of
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
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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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