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Dirimens copulatio.

Dirimens copulatio, when we bring forth one sentence with an exception before it, and immediately joyne another after it that seemeth greater: Cicero in his oration in which he gave the Romane people thankes for his returne; You have (saith he) not onely taken away my calamitie, but also seeme to augment my dignitie.

“Wherefore you must needes obey, not onely for feare of vengeance, but aslo for conscience sake.” Rom.13.

“Behold, I have not laboured for my selfe onely, but for all them that seeke wisedome.” Eccle.24.39.

The use of this figure.

This exornation hath some affinitie with incrementum, for
To encrease and amplify.
that they both increase the signification by placing the manner first, and the worthier last: but yet they have their difference. Incrementum increaseth by degrees of words, this by sentences: that by wordes of like nature onely, this both by like wordes and by diverse thinges.

The Caution.

Heed ought to be taken that the latter sentence be not weaker
1. The latter sentence weaker then the former.
or lesse worthie then the former, which is a necessarie point to be regarded: for it were absurd to say, he is not onely a tirant, but also verie troublesome, or to make the latter the same that the former is, as to say he is not onely idle, but also
2. To repeat the same.
he loveth to sit still and do nothing, then to speake thus: it were better to sit still and say nothing.

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