Lookers On See Most, Especially from High Ground


"Find that it is many times seen that a man that standeth off, and somwhat removed rom a plot of ground, doth better survey and discover it than those that are upon it, I thought it not impossible that I, as a looker-on, might cast mine eyes upon some things which the actors themselves....did not, or would not, see." Of the Pacification of the Church

"Sometimes a looker on may see more than a gamester." Advancement of Learning ii. 1; and in Letter to the King, 1617

"Betts ; lookers-on; judgment." Promus 1180 (Q.V); and Hamlet. v.2, 159180, 260288

"(QueenHecuba, and Helen go)....Up to the Eastern tower,
Whose height commands, as subject, all the vale,
To see the battle."
Troilus and Cressida1. 2.

            "Where yond pine doth stand,
I shall discover all : I'll bring thee word
Straight, how 'tis like to go."
Antony and Cleopatra iv. 10

(See Macbeth. v. 5, 3036.)


            "Up to yond hill :
Your legs are young : I'll tread these flats. Consider,
When you above perceive me like a crow,
That it is placce that lessens and sets off :
And you may then revolve what tales I told you
Of courts, of princes, of th tricks in war,

"The English....in yonder tower...overpeer the city,
And thence discover how, with most advantage,
They may vex us with shot, or with assault."
1 Henry VI. i 6.

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