Metabasis, is a forme of speech by which the Orator in a few words sheweth what hath been alreadie said, and also what shalbe said next, and that diverse waies.
1 From the equall: The matters which you have alreadie heard, were wonderfull, and those that you shall heare, are no lesse marvellous.
2 From the unequall: I have declared unto you many of his commendable deserts, yet wil I tell you of many mo, and farre more excellent.
3 From the like: I have hitherto made mention of his n oble enterprises in France, and now I will rehearse his worthie actes done neare to Rome.
4 From the contrary thus: As I have spoken of his great adversitie and miserie, so will I now speake of his happy prosperitie, which at length ensued, as the bright day doth the darke night, and warme sommer cold winter.
5 By prevention or occupation: Peradventure you think me long in the threatenings of the law, I will now passe to the sweet promises of the Gospell.
6 By reprehention: I have staied too long in lamentable matters, I wil now make mention of some pleasant reports.
7 From consequents: You have bene tolde how he promised, and now I will tell you how he performed: you have heard how greevously those cities offended, and it resteth now to heare how justly they were punished.
The use of this figure.
This exornation is profitable in two respects it both putteth in
what hath been said, & also prepareth the hearer to the rest following.
The greatest care and regard in the use of this figure, ought to
1 Long repetitions are tedious and irksome.
be in observing these pointes. First, to be brief in the rehearsal of the matter already said, and likewise of that which shall next follow. Secondly, to provide that the matter which followeth be neither of lesse importance nor lesse plausible then the
2 Less matters following, quench attention.
matter going before, for a long rehearsall becommeth tedious, and warieth the hearers, and the promise of a matter of lesse importance or lesse pleasant quencheth attention and turneth away expectation.