Epiphonema is an exclamation of a matter uttered, or approved, conteining the summe and conclusion thereof: And first of a matter uttered.
An example: So weighty a matter it was to set up the Romane nation
Another of the holy Scripture: “So mightily grew the word of God and prevailed.” Act.19.20.
Of matters approved, an example of Peter saying thus to his Lord: “Lo, we have forsaken all and followed thee.” Matth.19.2.7.
Another: “He hath doen all things well: he hath made both the deafe to heare, and the dumbe to speake.” Mar.7.37.
The use of this figure.
The use hereof serveth properly to signify the content, well liking, or admiration of the speaker in respect either of the
words uttered, or of the matter approved: for which cause it may be called the Rhetoricall plausus, for it evermore endeth with a proclaimed liking, or much marvelling, that is to say, an amplifying of honesty, wickednesse, pleasure, dignity, profit, losse.
In the use of this figure prudent discretion, and exact judgement
are necessarily required, lest folly or rashnesse do acclaime either
vainly without cause, or wickedly without respect of equitie and due consideration: as did Davids enimies, crying, “there, there, so would we have it” Act.12.22.
: or as did Herods hearers, shouting and saying: the voice of a God and not of a man: