Systrophe of some called Conglobatio, of other convolutio, and it is when the Orator bringeth in many definitions of one thing, yet not such definitions as do declare the substance of a thing by the general kind, and the difference, which the art of reasoning doth prescribe, but others of another kind all heaped together: such as these definitions of Cicero be in the second booke of an Orator, where he amplifieth the dignitie of an bystory thus: An historie saith he is the testimony of times, the light of veritie, the maintenance of memorie, the schoolemistresse of life, and messenger of antiquitie.
Another: Man is the example of imbecillitie, the image of unconstancie, the spoile of time, the bondman of miserie, the vessell of insatiable desire, and the confident castell of sudden ruine.
Pleasures are the enimies of chastitie, guides to povertie, daughters of dishonestie, and sweete baites of extreame miserie.
The use of this figure.
This figure is an ornament of singular grace and eloquence,
serving most aptly and eligantly to commend vertues and dispraise
It is good to affect this ornament too much, nor to use it too oft, nor in using it to make too many definitions of one thing.