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  • adj. Obsolete form of first.


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  • At the fyrste, she beyng so sodaynlye asked, dyd not well remember any such house but within a whyle, wel aduisiyng her self, she sayd: In dede (quoth she) I do nowe remember that I haue suche a place.

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  • In the fyrste parte is showne, the vnsufferable abuse, of a lewde Magistrate: The vertuous behauiours of a chaste ladye: The vncontrowled leawdenes of a fauored Curtisan.

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  • And thanne un to the Castel Emaus; and thanne unto Mounte Joye: and from thenne, pylgrymes mowen fyrste se un to Jerusalem.

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  • And fyrste of euerye thinge there be foure causes, efficient, materiall, formall and finall.

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  • As oute of lytle springs ariseth greate fluddes: so now these preceptes of grammer finyshed, and the fyrste order of the Rethorical figures: We nowe come vnto that greate declaracion of eloquence, called of

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  • The fyrste called _Donysis_, or intencion, and some call it imaginacion, wherby feare, anger, madnes, hatered, enuye, and lyke other perturbacions of mynde is shewed and described, as in Ciceros inuectiues.

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  • ¶ So the ende whyche is laste in effecte, and fyrste in intencion, loketh vpon the gettinge of profites, increase, and cõfirmacion of them, and also vpon them, eschuynge of disprofites, diminyshynge, or puttyng them awaye.

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  • [Sidenote: Epenthesis.] _Interpositio_, when a letter is added betwene the fyrste sillable of a word and the laste, as: Relligiõ for religion, relliques for reliques.

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  • Of these thynges that we put in eloquucion, lette thys be the fyrste care, to speake euidentlye after the dignitye and nature of thynges, and to vtter suche wordes, whych as Cicero sayth in hys oratour, no man may iustely reprehende.

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  • The fyrste, called effiguracion or descripcion of a thynge, whereby the figure and forme of it is set out: as of the vniuersall flud.

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