Epanalepsis is a forme of speech which doth both begin and also ende a sentence with one and the same word.
An example of Virgill: Many things of Priam she did demand, and of Hector manie things.
Another: Full oft she spake of Italie, of Hesperia shore full oft.
An example of Cicero: At midnight thou wwentest out of thy house, and returnedst againe at midnight.
An example of Esay: “O ye carelesse cities, after yeares, and dayes shall ye be brought in feare, O ye carelesse cities.” Esa.34.
Another of Paule: “Rejoyce in the Lord & againe I say rejoyce.” JPhilip.4.4.
The use of this figure.
The chiefe use of this exornation is to place a word of importance
in the beginning of a sentence to be considered, and in the end to be remembered, and also it hath a sweetnesse in the sound
of the repetition.
1.Too many wordes betweene the repetition drowneth the first word.
Too many members or words betweene the beginning and the end, do drowne the first word before the last be heard: whereby it looketh the grace and seetnesse of a repetition. ON the other side, it ought not to be repeated too soone, lest it returne barraine
2.Too fewe have no grace.