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The Queen, deep wounded with the darts of love,
Felt the swift poison rufa thro' all her veins,
And her whole foul imbib'd the fubtil Aame.
The valour of the man, his high descent,
His graceful person, his attractive speech,
Indelibly were stamp'd upon her heart,
Fill'd all her thoughts, and mụrder'd her repose.

When the next morning had restor'd the sun,
And scatter'd from the skies the humid shades,
Distracted to her fifter the unfolds
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 resolvid “ 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 distain'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 afunder burst, and lock L 2

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“ Me in its clofing jaws, or may the arm
“ OF JUPITER dart its resistless fires,
“ And drive me headlong to the ghosts below,
“ The pale wan ghofts, and dark domains of hell,
• Before I trespass upon modesty,
“ And with a second match disgrace the first *.”

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* At Regina gravi jamdudum faucia cura,

Vulnus alit venis, & cæco carpitur igni.
Multa viri virtus animo, multusque recursat
Gentis honos ; hærent infixi pectore vultus.
Verbaque nec placidam membris dat cura quietemt.
Postera Phæbea lustrabat lampade terras,
Humentemque Aurora polo dimoverat umbram ;
Cum fic unanimam alloquitur malesana sororem.
Anna soror, quæ me suspensam insomnia terrent?
Quis novus hic noftris successit sedibus hofpes?
Quem sese ore ferens ! quam forți pectore & armis!
Credo equidem, nec vana fides, genus effe Deorum.
Degeneres animos timor arguit. Heu quibus ille
Jactatus fatis ! quæ bella exhaufta canebat !
Si mihi non animo fixum immotumque federet,
Ne cui me vinclo vellem fociare jugali,
Poftquam primus amor deceptam morte fefellit;
Si non pertælum thalami tädæque fuiffet ;
Huic uni forsan potui fuccumbere culpæ.
Ama, fatebor enim, miseri poft fata Sichæi
Conjugis, & fparsos fraterna cæde Penates ;
Solus hic inflexit fenfus, animumque labantem
Impulit: agnosco veteris veftigia flammæ.
Sed mihi vel tellus optem prius ima dehiscat ;
Vel Pater omnipotens adigat me fulmine ad umbras
Pallentes umbras erebi, noctemque profundam;
Ante pudor quam te violo, aut tua jura resolvo.

VIRGIL. Æneid. lib. iv. ver. 1.

CHAPTER

CHAP TERV,

The APOSTOPESIS confidered.

$ 1. The definition of the Apofiopesis, 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 occasions. $ 5. The use of the Apofiopesis.

$1. A Pafiopefis * is a Figure whereby a per

son, often through the power of some 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 FLEETWOOD; in which, contrasting the foriner and the latter years of Queen Anne's reign, he thus speaks, and then clofes with a striking Apofiopesis. - Never did seven such years together pass over " the head of any English Monarch, nor cover - it with so much honour. The crown and fceptre seemed to be the Queen's least orna

ments : I am filent.

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From αποσιωπφώ,

- ments : those other Princes wore in common 66 with her; and her great personal virtues were “ the fame before and since. But such was the ic 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 Britisha " name abroad; such were the harmony and « concord betwixt her and her allies; and such “ was the blessing of God upon all her councils 6 and undertakings, that I am as sure as history 66 can make me, that no Prince of ours was “ ever yet so prosperous and successful, so loved, « fo esteemed and honoured by their subjects 66 and their friends, nor near so formidable to 66 their enemies. We were, as all the world “ imagined then, just entering on the ways that

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

Ministry, the payments of a willing and obe“ 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 “ prospect, and give us in its stead, I know

6. not what

Our enemies will tell the rest “ 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, fays,

Whom I -- but let me still the boiling waves 1.

SO TERENCE,

But I, you ty burn-villain, if I live - 1

QUINTILIAN furnishes us with an example of this Figure from CIĊERO. « But would CLOsi 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 8."

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CICERO

Fleetwood's Preface to his Four Sermons on public Co. casions. + Novimus & qui te Eclog. iii. ver. 8. Quos ego — sed motos præftat componere fluctus,

Æneid. lib. i. ver. 135, 1

Ego te, furcifer,
Si vivo

Eunuch. act. s. sc. 6. An hujus legis quam Clodius à fe inventam gloriatur mentionem facere ausus esset vivo Milone, ne dicam Consule? De noftrum enim omnium-non audeo totum dicere. Quint. lib.ix, cap. 2. $ ?.

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