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needs ; the omitting of which law ( saith Leo ) among the youth , hath been the
only occasion why the Romans lost a great deal of their empire . But more of this I
will speak when I come to the profit of shooting in war . If I should rehearse the ...
Surely every man ought to pray to God daily to keep them from such unthriftiness
, and especially all the youth of England ; for what youth doth begin , a man will
follow commonly , even to his dying day ; which thing Adrastus , in Euripides ...
riveth and plucketh up by the roots all thistles , brambles , and weeds , which
grow of their own accord , to the destruction of both corn and ground : even so
should the teaching of youth to shoot , not only make them shoot well , but also
But to our purpose : He that must come to this high pera fectness in shooting ,
which we speak of , must needs begin to learn it in his youth ; the omitting of
which thing in England , both maketh fewer shooters , and also every man , that is
Hitherto I have showed what harm overmuch fear bringeth to children , and what
hurt ill company and overmuch liberty breedeth in youth ; meaning thereby , that
from seven year old to seventeen , love is the best allurement to learning ; from ...
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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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