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Polysindeton is a figure which knitteth together the parts of an oration with may conjunctions, contrarily to that above.

An example: He was both an enemie to his countrey, and a traitor to his Prince, and a contemner of lawes, and a subverter of cities.

An example of the Evangelist Luke: “Where abode both Peter, and James, and John and Andrew.” Act.

Another of the Apostle Paul: “For I am sure that neither death, neither life, neither things to come, neither height, neither dept, neither any pther creature shall be able to separate us from the love of God.” Rom.8. Another: Ye observe dayes, and moneths, and times, and yeares.

The use of this figure.

This figure hath the msot speciall respect to knit many things
1.To knit together.
of like nature together, and to distinguish and separate contrary
2.To distinguish.
matters asunder, and for this cause it may be called the chaine of speech, forasmuch as every chaine hath a conjunction of
3.Compared to a chaine.
matter, and a distinction of linkes.

The Caution.

Too long a continuance in adding conjunctions bringeth a deformitie to this figure, and therefore ought to be avoyded.

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