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- The Queen, deep wounded with the darts of love,
When the next morning had restor's the sun,
The tumults, pangs, and struggles of her soul.. . “ O my dear Anna, my anxiety
“ Has chas'd my sleep. What an uncommon gueft .: « Have we admitted to our regal dome!
. « O what a form! How brave, how great in arms! “ 'Tis past conjecture; certain 'tis he fprang « From a celestial stock: his port, his looks, “ His Speech proclaim his origin divine. . ., « Fear argues vulgar minds ; but by what fates “ Has he been toft? What wars has he describ'd ? “ Had not my soul immoveably resolv'd “ Never to wear the nuptial bonds again, “ From the first hour my dear Sichæus fell, « And the connubial bed and torch renounc'd, « This man might o'er my prudence so prevail « As to incline me to a second choice. « Sifter, I own that since my husband's death, “ Th’unfortunate SICHÆUS, since the time « My brother's barb'rous hand with gore diftain'd “ The houshold Gods, this man alone has charm'd « My gazing sense, and wak'd my soul to love: « And the same paffion that SICHÆUs rais’d, “ Æneas now rekindles in my breast. “ But O! may earth alunder burst, and lock L 2
“ Me in its clofing jaws, or may the arm
* At Regina gravi jamdudum faucia cura,
Vulnus alit venis, & cæco carpitur igni.
Virgil. Æneid. lib. iv. ver. 1.
The APOSIoPesis considered.
§ 1. The definition of the Apofiopelis. § 2. An
instance of this Figure from Bishop FLEETWOOD. $ 3. Examples of it from VIRGIL, TERENCE, Cicero, and JUVENAL. $ 4: Instances of this Figure in Scripture, and on what occafions. $ 5. The use of the Apofiopesis. :
§ 1, Posiopesis * is a Figure whereby a per
14 son, often through the power of soinę passion, ás anger, forrow, fear, &c. breaks off his speech without finishing the sense.
§ 2. We have a remarkable instance of this · Figure in the following passage of Bishop Fleet. WOOD; in which, contrasting the foriner and the latter years of Queen Anne's reign, he thus speaks, and then closes with a striking Aposicpefis. “ Never did seven such years together pass over " the head of any English Monarch, nor cover " it with so niuch honour. The crown and 66 fceptre seemed to be the Queen's least orna
ments: * From arogiTCW, I am filent.
56 ments : those other Princes wore in common 66 with her; and her great personal virtues were “ the same before and since. But such was the i fame of her administration of affairs at home; “ such was the reputation and felicity in choos
ing Ministers, and such. was then esteemed • their faithfulness and zeal, their diligence and « great abilities in executing her commands : “ to such an height of military glory did her.
great General and her armies carry the Britisa name abroad, such were the harmony and
concord betwixt her and her allies; and such " was the blessing of God upon all her councils 65 and undertakings, that I am as sure as history 66 can make me, that no Prince of ours was 66 ever yet so prosperous and successful, so loved, « so esteemed and honoured by their subjects 66 and their friends, nor near so formidable to “ their enemies. We were, as all the world “ imagined then, just entering on the ways that s promised to lead to such a peace, as would “ have answered all the prayers of our religious « Queen, the care and vigilance of a moft able 6 Ministry, the payments of a willing and obe6 dient People, as well as all the glorious“toils " and hazards of the Soldiery; when God for “ our sins 'permitted the spirit of discord to go “ forth, and, by troubling the Camp, the City, " and the Country (and O! that it had altoge“ ther spared the Places facred to his Worship!) " to spoil for a time the beautiful and pleasing s prospect, and give us in its stead, I know
« not what ---- Our enemies will tell the rest 5 with pleasure *.”
$ 3. Virgil brings in one of his shepherds faying to another,
We know who saw you ---- + And again ; NEPTUNE, in his rage against the winds, for having raised a tempest without his orders, says, · Whom I-- but let me still the boiling waves 1.
QUINTILIAN furnishes us with an example of this Figure from CICERO. « But would Clo" Bius have made any mention of this law, is which he boasts to be his own invention, while
Milo was living, not to say while he was Con“ sul ? As to all ourselves -- I durft not say all s."
L'4 . Cicero • Fleetwood's Preface to his Four Sermons on public Oce casions. + Novimus & qui te - Eclog. iii. ver. 8. Quos ego— sed motos præftat componere fluctus,
Æneid. lib. i. ver. 135, 1
Ego te, fürcifer,
i Eunuch. act. 5. sc. 6. $ An hujus legis quam Clodius à fe inventam gloriatur mentionem facere ausus esset vivo Milone, ne dicam Consulei De noftrum enim omnium-non audeo totum dicere. Quint. lib.ix, cap. 2. $ 2. .