Interrogatio, a demaunding or asking, of which there be two kindes, the one simple and plaine, which is, when we aske with desire to receive an answere: as did the mariner of Ionas: Tell us (say they) of whose cause are we thus troubled?
what is thine occupation? and whence commest thou? what countrieman art thou? and of what nation? And as ye wise men did, saying: Where is he that is borne king of ye Jewes? The other kind of interrogation is figurative, and it is when we
2. Interrogation figurative.
aske not with intent or desire to receive an answere, but onely because we would thereby make our speech more sharpe and vehement, and much better further our purpose: and this forme of speaking may serve very wel and aptly to expresse any affection, as may appeare in these examples following.
1. Love: “How faire art thou? and how pleasant art thou O my love?” Come.6.5.
Another example of David: “O how sweet are thy wordes unto my throat?” Psal.119.
2. Hatred: “Why wilt thou have pleasure in an harlot?” Prov.5.
3. Desire: How long tarriest thou Lord?
4. Anger: How long Catiline wilt thou abuse our patience? Another of our Saviour Christ: “O faithlesse & crooked generation how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you?” Mat. 17.
5. Admiration, Virgil: What is it that the greedy hunger of gold doth not urge and compel mortal men to attempt?
6. Doubting: What shall I do, wither shal I go, to whome shal I flee for succour?
7. Wishing: Shal I not see him before I die? ye is, I would I might.
8. Sorrow or pittie: Why dyed not I in my birth? Why set they me upon their knees, and gave me sucke with their breastes?
9. Despaire, as Sinon in Virgil: Alsse 9saith he) what ground, what sea may me (now wretch) receive? What shall I do?
This figurative demaund hath many and diverse kindes differing among themselves as their descriptions and examples shall declare.