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Full text of "Roger Ascham Toxophilus 1545"

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wanted it, as Leo the. v. the noble Emperour doth
playnlyteflifie in fundrieplaces in thofe bokeswhichehe
wrote in Greke, of the fleyghtes and pollicies of warre.2

pijti. Surelie of that booke I haue not heard before,
and howe came you to the fyghte of it.

2Dox. The booke is rare trulie, but this lafte yeare
when mafter Cheke tranilated the fayd booke out of
greke in to Latin, to ye kinges maieflie, he of his
gentleneffe, wolde haue me very ofte in hys chamber,
and for the familiaritie that I had wyth hym, more
than manye other, woulde fuffer me to reade of it,
whan I woulde, the whiche thinge to do, furelye I was
very defirous and glad, becaufe of the excellent
handelynge of all thynges, that euer he taketh in
hande. And verily Philologe^ as ofte as I remembre the
departynge of that man from the vniuerfitie, (whiche
thinge I do not feldome) fo ofte do I well perceyue
our mofle helpe and futheraunce to learnynge, to haue
gon awaye with him. For by ye great commoditie
yat we toke in hearyng hym reade priuatly in his
chambre, all Homer, Sophocles, and Euripides,
Herodotus, Thucydides, Xenophon, Ifocrates and
Plato, we feele the great difcommoditie in not hearynge
of hym, Ariflotle and Demofthenes, whiche. ii. authours
with all diligence laft of all he thought to haue redde
vnto us. And when I confider howe manye men he
fuccoured with his helpe, and hys ayde to abyde here
for leaminge, and howe all men were prouokcd and
flyrred vp, by his councell and daylye example, howe
they Ihulde come to learning, furely I perceyue that
fentence of Plato to be true, which fayeth that there is
nothyng better in any common wealthe, than that there
fhoulde be alwayes one or other, excellent paffyng
mar, whofe lyfe and vertue, fhoulde plucke forwarde
the will, diligence, laboure and hope of all other, that
folowyng his footefteppes, they myght comme to the
fame ende, wherevnto labour, lerning and vertue, had
conueied him before. The great hinderance of learning,
in lackinge thys man greatly I fhulde lament, if this dif-