Antisagoge is a forme of speech by which the Orator
joyneth to a precept, of vertue, a promise of reward, and to the
contempt of a precept, he denounceth a punishment, whereof this
example of Moses may sufficiently shew the forme, where he saith:
“If thou shalt obey the voyce of ye Lord thy God, and
observe and do all his commandements, which I command thee this day,
then the Lord thy God wil set thee on hye above all the nations of the
earth. And all these blessings shall come upon thee &
“But if thou wilt
not obey the voyce of ye Lord thy God, to keepe and do all his
commandements, and his ordinances, which I command thee this day, then
all these curses shal come upon thee and overtake thee, &
The use of this figure.
This forme of speaking doth alwaies carry with it a mightie power
and force to move men to the obedience of lawes and preceptes: for by the promise it worketh a hope of that which men
desire, and by the threatning it moveth hate, and by them both an obedience of that which is commaunded: what forme of speech in this respect can do more, or what so much?
3. To perswuade to obedience.
This figure is then abused when promises of rewards or threatening
1. Unlawfull allurements.
of punishment, are used to move and further the obedience of unlawfull precepts, or the performance of wicked counsell. As did Balake the King of the Moabites, promising Balaam promotion of honour, and great gifts to curse his enemies the Israelites.
And as did Nabucodonezer threatening all that would refuse to worship his golden image, should be cast into a firie furnace. These two examples may suffice to shew how much the wicked abused their willes, in wicked precepts, their wealth in allurements, and their power in terrors, al which tend to the abuse of this excellent forme of perswasion.