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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
And to know what worthy fruit did spring of such worthy seed , I will tell you the
most marvel of all , and yet such a truth as no man shall deny it , except such as
be ignorant in knowledge of the best stories . Athens , by this discipline and good
And I marvel this book is no more read in the court than it is , seeing it is so well
translated into English by a worthy gentleman , Sir Thomas Hobby , who was
many ways well furnished with learning , and very expert in knowledge of divers ...
Yea , I have heard worthy Mr. Cheke many times say ; “ I would have a good
student pass and journey through all authors both Greek and Latin . ” But he that
will dwell in these few books only ; first , in God's holy Bible , and then join with it
wits and forward diligence , had been directed to follow the best examples , and
not have been carried by time and custom to content themselves with that
barbarous and rude rhyming ; among their other worthy praises , which they have
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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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