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Enimema, is a forme of speech which Quintillian enterpreteth a comment, forasmuch as it may wel be called the whole action & sentence of the minde, & it is as Cicero saith, when the sentence concluded consisteth of contraries thus: Our elders made warre, not onely that they might be free, but also that they might rule: but thou thinkest warre may be left off, that we might be made bondslaves to serve.

Another: If great wealth bring cares, and povertie wretched miserie, then the meane between these two extremities is the greatest happinesse.

Another: They which may do me good, wil not, and they whcih are willing, cannot, therefore my distresse remaineth.

The use of this figure.

This exornation may be applied to diverse ends, but most specially to confirme, or confute.

The Caution.

In the use of this figure it behoveth to have this care, that the premises be true, wherupon a right conclusion may be inferred.

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