And these things cause me oft to wish , either you to be here with us , or me to be there with you : but what wishing is nothing else but a vain wailing for that which will wanteth . I will cease from wishing , and seek the true remedy ...
As concerning the other part of your letter — for your wish to have been with me in this mine absence from my country ; and for your request , to be made partaker by my letters of the stir of these times here in Germany ; -surely I ...
government in France , in making their people almost slaves ; and from thence a common saying of some in England , that would have the people neither witty nor wealthy , when wit is the mere gift of God ; so that to wish men less wit ...
My heart weeps for those noble men of England , whose valiantness in war , whose wisdom in peace , this realm shall want and wail , and wish for in time to come , which of late , by this only vice , have been taken from us .
And as I would have no Aattery , but wish for freedom ; so in no wise do I commend overmuch boldness , or any kind of railing . But that liberty in speaking should be so mingled with good - will and discretion , as no great person ...
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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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