for “myself” is already implied by “I saw.” But when such language is over weighted by some purely superfluous addition, it is, as I have also pointed out elsewhere,2 a fault; whereas when, as in this case, it serves to make the sense stronger and more obvious, it is a merit. “I saw,” “myself,” “before my very eyes,” are so many appeals to the emotion.
Myself before my very eyes I saw:Aen. xii. 638.
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