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Ploce.

Ploce is a forme of speech by which a proper name being repeated, signifieth another thing.

An example: Yet at that day Memmius was Memmius, in the first place Memmius is the proper name of a man, but in the second, it signifieth his manners, which were well knowne.

Another: In that great victorie Caesar was Caesar, that is, a mercifull conquerer.

Another: Cicero continued Cicero unto the day of his death, meaning, a lover of his countrey, and a most faithfull patrone of the common wealth.

The use of this figure.

This exornation serveth aptly to signifie the constant nature or permanent qualitie of a man well knowne, by the repetition of his name: it containeth in it also a repetition pleasant for the brevitie, as when we say Memmius was Memmius, Casear
1.Brevitie.
was Caesar, and likewise for the Emphaticall signification in the repeated name.
2.Emphatical singnification.

The Caution.

It is good to foresee that the proper name which we purpose to repeate be ye name of such a one, as is or hath bene wel known,
1.The man ought to be well knowne whose name is repeated.
and likewise his maners and naturall inclination: otherwise it must needs be a sounding repetition without sense.

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