Epitrope is a forme of speech by which the speaker granteth to some thing ironically, as much in meaning as an earnest forbidding, although the wordes be otherwise. Simo in Terence seemeth by his wordes very willingly to graunt, that his sonne might marry Glycerye, when in verie deede, he endevoureth with all diligence to withdraw him from her, yes quoth he, let him take her, God speed him will, let him go well and keepe house with her.
An example of Solomon: “Rejoyce O yoong man in thy youth, and let thy hart cheer thee in thy yoong daies, & walke in the waies of thine own heart, and in the sight of thine eyes.” Eccles.11.9.10.
The plaine and true meaning hereof, is opened in the verse following.
Another of the same Author: “Sleepe a litle slumber a litle and fold thy hands together to sleepe a litle” Prov.6.10.
: but he addeth to expound his mind in the next verse.
The use of this figure.
The use hereof, pertaineth most usually to forbid, to threaten and
admonish, containing for the most part of commination, under
an ironicall permission.
1. Not to be used where the meaning may be mistaken.
The especiall regard that ought to be had in the use of this figure, is to take heed that it be not used where ignorance and simplicitie not perceiving the figure, may take teh meaning according to the words, and so commit that as it were by leave and licence, which is most earnestly forbidden.