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Eustathia in Latine Constantia, is a forme of speech by which the oratior or speaker promiseth and protesteth his constancie concerning something. An example of Tertullian: Let Lions clawes teare out our bolwels, let the Gibbet hang us, let the fire consume us, let the sword cut us asunder, let wild beasts tread us under their feet: yet we Christians are by praier prepared to abide all paine and torments.

Another example of Paul: “Who shall separat us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or anguish, or persecution, or famine, or nakednes, or perill, or sword.” Rom.8. And by and by after he addeth: I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, neither things present, nor things to come, neyther height, nor depth, nor any other creature shalbe able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

An example of Poetrie, Virgil AEglog.1.

{Therefore the stags so light of foote, like birds shall feede in th'aire,

The seas shall faile, and fishes leave all bare upon the shore,

The Parthian Pilgrime first shall drinke of Arax river cleere,

Or one of Germanie shall drinke of Tibris flowing streames,

The bounds of both gon round about, & passed far and neere,

Before this face and countenance shall slip out of my brest.

Another of Poetrie.

{The fish shall flie the floud, the serpent bide the fire,

Ere ever I for game or good will altar my desire.

The use of this figure.

To manifest the secret affection of the heart.
This figure or forme of speech serveth most aptly to declare the firme & unremoveable of the mind, and to make manifest the deepe rooted affection of the heart, and that by sundry
By contempt of death.
formes, as by contempt of torture and death it selfe, by comparison of impossibilities, or unlike things as is alreadie shewed by
By impossibilitie.
example, and by diverse other like formes of speaking.

The Caution.

Not in light causes.
The speciall warning that may concerne this figure, is that it be not used in evill causes, or in light and trifling matters, for to protest and promise a stedfast mind in an evill thing, looseth the vertue and dignity of the figure.

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