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An Ecpbonefis occurs in Scripture in the way of admiration. Psalm lxxxiv. 1. ss How amia* ble are thy tabernacles, O Lord of hosts ! ss So Rom. xi. 33. " O the depth of the riches both of is the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unss searchable are his judgments, and his ways paft s finding our!:s i An Ecphonefis is used in holy Writ to ex. press our desire or intreaty. Psalin lv. 6. ss o is that I had wings like a dove! for then would e I fly away, and be at reft.ss
Sorrows and lainentations are fometimes vented in the sacred Writings by an Ecphonesis. Isaiah vi. 5. » Then I said, Wo is me, for I am * undone.ss So Psalm cxx. 5. ss Wo is me that ss. I sojourn in Mesech, that I dwell in the tents 15 of Kedar ! ss And
Compassion and pity are sometimes expressed in Scripture by an Ecphonests. Lam, i. 1. # How does the city sit solitary that was full of ss people? how is she become a widow ?s .
$ 4. We may add by way of remark and direction as to the Ecphonesis, that, while other Figures are confined to fome particular passion, this seems to extend to all, and is the voice of nature under any kind of emotion and concern; that the Ecphonesis is of admirable service, as it gives a pleasing and striking variety to our difcourses, and is not unlike some sudden cascade, or unexpected fall of a river, after the stream has long glided on in a smooth and serene course.
Bụt the advice that was given, that we ought to be sparing in the use of Figures in general, may be especially necessary in the Ecphonefis. Never let this Figure become cheap and common. If we are upon every trite occasion making exclamations, our hearers may be in danger of nauseating the excess, or they will be apt to think we mimic, rather than feel a commotion; or we may defeat our design of awakening their passions by a redundancy in this kind of Figure, for he that always accustoms himself to superlatives in Rhetoric can go no higher; and thus when he has a strong demand from the nature, or from the powerful sensation of his subject, for superlatives, he will stand fair to be neglected, as he that showers upon all men the highest praise without any distinction, absolutely puts it out of his power to exalt a character that merits the highest commendations. In short, let us always bear in mind this rule, never to break out in an exclamation but when our subject will warrant it, or our own ardor produces it, left we fall under the rebuke of HORACE, :
Such vain exclaimers are the mark of scorn ; in • A mountain labours, and a mouse is born * :
* Quid dignum tanto feret hic promissor hiatu i Parturiunt montes ; nascetur ridiculus mus.
HORAT, Art. Puetic. 1,138.
01-The definition of the Aporia. § 2. Instances
of it from Terence, Cicero, Virgil, and - Live, $ 3. Examples of it from Scripture. 5 $ 4: The use of the Aporia.
$ 1. PORIA, or doubting t, is a Figure
22 whereby we express an hesitation Where to begin our discourse, or a difficulty what to do in fome arduous affair, or what to re"folve upon in some critical emergency. :::.
5:15 2. TÉRENCE furnishes us with an instance of this kind : ' '
Wretch that I am, what course shall I pursue ?
(nem, Quidne incipiam ? Ecce autem video rure redeuntem se. Dicam huic, annon
TERENT. in Eunuch, act. 5. sc. 5.
CICERO makes use of this Figure, when he says, “ As to what concerns me, I know 'not 66 which way to turn me. Should I deny the “ infamy of a corrupt judgment? or that the -“ matter has been agitated in our assemblies ?
or that it has been debated at our tribunals ? " or that it has been heard in the senate ? Or « shall I offer to eradicate an opinion of such 15 weight, so deeply rooted, and of such anti“ quity, from the minds of men +?”. We have an instance of this Figure preserved by CICERO from a speech of GRACCĦUs : " Miserable " man that I am ! whither shall I turn myself? 66 where can I go? To the capitol ? but it swims “ with my brother's blood. To my home? .. what to see a mother wretched, bewailing her66 self, and overwhelmed with forrow $!”
Dido's speech, in VIRGIL, may be added, as a very lively and copious example of this Figure : ;
Thus the proceeds; and thus her lab’ring soul -
What + Equidem quod ad me. attinet, quò me vertam nescio. Negem fuisse infamiam judicis corrupti ? Negam illam rem agitatam in concionibus? Jactatam in judiciis ?. Commemoratam in fenatû ? Evellam ex animis hominum tantam opinionem ? tam penitùs insitam? tam vetuftam ? Cicer. pro CLUENT10, § 10. n. 1. . *';
Quò me mifer conferam ? Quò vertam ? In capitoliumne? At fratris fanguine redundat. An domum? matremne ut miseram, lamentantemque videam, & abjectam? CICER. de Orat. lib. iij. $ 56.
What shall I do? What must I then recal ,
To be my husband; I, who erft so oft .
Or shall I chace the Trojan fleet, and wait ;
For all the hospitality I fhow'd,
But yet fuppofe I was inclin'd to go,
And don't I feel how false the Trojans are ? ...
Sic adeo infiftit, fecumque ita corde volutat.