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On Christian Doctrine In Four Books by St. Augustine

Chapter 20. But now as to the sentence which follows all theseà

20. But now as to the sentence which follows all these: |and they were not grieved for the affliction of Joseph.| Whether this be pronounced continuously as one clause, or whether with more elegance we hold the words, |and they were not grieved,| suspended on the voice, and then add, |for the affliction of Joseph,| so as to make a period of two members; in any case, it is a touch of marvelous beauty not to say, |and they were not grieved for the affliction of their brother;| but to put Joseph for brother, so as to indicate brothers in general by the proper name of him who stands out illustrious from among his brethren, both in regard to the injuries he suffered and the good return he made. And, indeed, I do not know whether this figure of speech, by which Joseph is put for brothers in general, is one of those laid down in that art which I learnt and used to teach. But how beautiful it is, and how it comes home to the intelligent reader, it is useless to tell any one who does not himself feel it.

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