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  • These repetitions be not figuratiue but phantastical, for a figure is euer vsed to a purpose, either of beautie or of efficacie: and these last recited be to no purpose, for neither can ye say that it vrges affection, nor that it beautifieth or enforceth the sence, nor hath any other subtilitie in it, and therfore is a very foolish impertinency of speech, and not a figure.

    The Arte of English Poesie

  • _How ornament Poeticall is of two sortes according to the double vertue and efficacie of figures.

    The Arte of English Poesie

  • Whereas if he had said thus, _O gratious, courteous and beautifull woman_: and, _O sinfull and wretched man_, it had bene all to one effect, yet not with such force and efficacie to speake by the denominatiue, as by the thing it selfe.

    The Arte of English Poesie

  • Which maner or proportion by situation of measures giueth more efficacie to the matter oftentimes then the concords them selues, and both proportions concurring together as they needes must, it is of much more beautie and force to the hearers mind.

    The Arte of English Poesie

  • And one notable meane to affect the minde, is to inforce the sence of any thing by a word of more than ordinary efficacie, and neuertheles is not apparant, but as it were, secretly implyed, as he that laid thus of a faire Lady.

    The Arte of English Poesie

  • It happens many times that to vrge and enforce the matter we speake of, we go still mounting by degrees and encreasing our speech with wordes or with sentences of more waight one then another, & is a figure of great both efficacie & ornament, as he that declaring the great calamitie of an infortunate prince, said thus:

    The Arte of English Poesie

  • Also a description of the said water, and of other rare and usefull springs adjoyning, the nature and efficacie of the Mineralls contained in them, with other not impertinent notes.

    Spadacrene Anglica The English Spa Fountain

  • Books are not absolutely dead things, but doe contain a potencie of life in them to be as active as that soule was whose progeny they are: nay they do preserve as in a violl the purest efficacie and extraction of that living intellect that bred them.

    Book-Lovers, Bibliomaniacs and Book Clubs

  • Draconites, which you shall beare for an ornament: for in stones, as also in hearbes, there is great efficacie and vertue, but they are not altogether perceived by vs: [d] hold sometime in your mouth eyther a

    Early English Meals and Manners

  • Teshimon: here we acknowledge the efficacie of regal influence to qualify these salt waters.

    The Loyalists of America and Their Times, Vol. 1 of 2. From 1620-1816

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