Membrum is a figure which in few words endeth the construction, but not the sense.
An example: Thou hast neither profited the commonwelth, done good to thy friends, nor resisted thy enimies.
An example of Tobias: Thou light of our eyes, thou staffe of our age, thou conforter of our life, thou hope of our generation.
Another of the Apostle Paul: “God was shewed in the flesh, justified in the spirit, seene among Angels, preached to the Gentils, beleeved on in the world, and received up in glorie.” 2.Tim.3.
The use of this figure.
This figure is a pleasant and excellent ornament of eloquence,
serving both to comply brevity,
and copious variety, and is meet for
Too many members are not meet for this
There ought not to be in this exornations too great a
difference in the quantitie of the members, neither ought the members
to extend to too great a number, for by the one the delectation of the
sound is interrupted, by the other the sence is obscured.