... by them that stand far off ; and , if they be little , the less both fear and jeopardy is in them , beside all contrary weather and wind , which hindereth them not a little ; yet of all shooting he cannot rehearse one discommodity .
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 fair shot . Phi .
If you come into a shop , and find a bow that is small , long , heavy , and strong , lying straight , not winding , not marred with knot gall , wind shake , wem , fret or pinch , buy that bow of my warrant .
... and hurt them , nor yet so strait that scarce they can be thrust in , for that would lay them on side , and wind them . A bow case of leather is not the best ; for that is oft - times moist , which hurteth the bows very much .
The old goose feather is stiff and strong , good for a wind , and fittest for a dead shaft : the young goose feather is weak and fine , best for a swift shaft ; and it must be cooled at the first sheering , somewhat high , for with ...
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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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