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[62] Such an orator will also exalt his style by amplification and rise even to hyperbole, as when Cicero1 cries, “What Charybdis was ever so voracious!” or “By the god of truth, even Ocean's self,” etc. (I choose these fine passages as being familiar to the student). It is such an one that will bring down the Gods to form part of his audience or even to speak with him, as in the following, “For on you I call, ye hills and groves of Alba, on you, I say, ye fallen altars of the Albans, altars that were once the peers and equals [p. 487] of the holy places of Rome.”2 This is he that will inspire anger or pity, and while he speaks the judge will call upon the gods and weep, following him wherever he sweeps him from one emotion to another, and no longer asking merely for instruction.

1 Phil. II. xxvii. 67. The passage continues: “could scarce, methinks, have swallowed with such speed so many things, scattered in so many places.”

2 pro, Mil. xxxi. 85.

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