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Rais'd, as of some great matter to begin.
O sacred, wise, and wisdom-giving plant,
Why then was this forbid ? Why but to awe,
ye die perhaps, by putting off
That whoso eats thereof, forthwith attains
They are beautiful Interrogctions in the following lines :,
* Milton's Paradise Loji, book ix. line 664..
Falsely luxurious, will not man awake;
They are spirited Interrogations of GERMANIcus, in his speech to his mutinous foldiers : “ What is there in these days that is left unat“ tempted or unprofaned by you? What name “ shall I give to this assembly? Shall I call you “ foldiers, who have besieged with a trench, and “ with your arms, the son of your Emperor ? Or “ shall I call you citizens ? you who have so
shamefully trampled upon the authority of “ the senate ; you who have also violated the
justice due to enemies, the fanctity of embassy, " and the right of nations + ?”
# THOMSON's Summer, line 66.
+ Quid enim per hos dies inausum, intemeratumve vobis ? Quod nomen huic cætui dabo ? Militesne appellem ? qui filium imperatoris veftri vallo, & arma circumfediftis, An cives ? quibus tam projeca senatus auctoritas ; hoftium quoque jus, & facra legationis, & fas gentium rupiftis. Tacit. Annal.
lib. i. $42.
How does CICERO, as it were, press and bear down his adversary by the force of Interrogations, when pleading for Plancius, he thus addresses himself to his accufer? < Choose you any one “ tribe, and inform us, as you ought, by what
agent it was bribed ? If you cannot, which “ in my opinion you will not so much as at
tempt, I will shew you how he gained it. Is “ this a fair contest? Will you engage on this
footing? it is an open, honourable advance “ upon you. Why are you silent? Why do you ?
dissemble? Why do you prevaricate? I, repeatedly insist upon this point, urge you “ to it, press it, require it, and even demand « it of you 7."
$ 3. Interrogations frequently occur in Scripture, and they are used upon very different occasions.
They are used to signify our apprehensions of impossibility: John vi. 52. ss The Jews therefore so ftrove among themselves, saying, How can this ss man give us his fefh to eat ? - that is, it is most absurd to imagine it.
* Quam tibi commodum eft, unam tribum delige tu: doce id, quod debes, per quem fequeftrem, quo divisore corrupta fit. Ego, fi id facere non potueris, quod, ut opinio mea fert, ne incipies quidem, per quem tulerit docebo. Eine hæc vera contentio ? placetne fic agi? Non poffum magis pedem conferre, ut aiunt, aut propias accedere. Quid taces ? quid diflimulas ? quid tergiversaris ? Etiam atque etiam infto, atque urgeo, infector, posco, atque adeo fagito crimen. CHCER. pro Planc. $ 19.
Wonder is expressed in Scripture by. Interrogations : Gen. xxvii. 20. ss And Is AAC said unto his
fon, How is it that thou hast found it fo
be sometimes employed in the sacred Writings to convey knowledge and conviction: Ma:t. xi.
ss And as they departe, Jesus began to say unto the multitudes con
cerning John, What went ye out into the wilS$ derness to see a reed fhaken with the wind iss But what went ye out to see ? a man clothed ss in soft raiment? Behold, they that wear soft
clothing are in kings houses. But what went ye out to see ? a Prophet? Yea, I say unto you, and more than a Prophet.ss
Interrogations sometimes in the holy Writings may be expressive of doubt or anxiety : Judges v. 28. ss. The mother of SISERA looked out at a ss window," and cried through the lattice, Why ss is his chariot so long in coming? why tarry ss the wheels of his chariots ?s And Rom. x. 6, 7.
Say not in thine heart, Who shall ascend into ** heaven ? that is, to bring Christ down from us above. Or who shall descend into the deep? ** that is, to bring up Christ again from the ss dead."
Interrogations fometinies are used in Scripture for amplification : Psalm cxxxix. 17. ^ How
precious also are thy thoughts to me, O. God? " how great is the sum of them ?:
Interrogations are on the other hand used in facred Writ for extenuation ; Pfalm viii. 4,“ What