Older Than Steam, thanks to this bit from William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice:
My daughter! O my ducats! O my daughter!
Fled with a Christian! O my Christian ducats!
Justice! the law! my ducats, and my daughter!
A sealed bag, two sealed bags of ducats,
Of double ducats, stolen from me by my daughter!
And jewels, two stones, two rich and precious stones,
Stolen by my daughter! Justice! find the girl;
She hath the stones upon her, and the ducats.
- As a matter of fact, Shylock's whole speech pattern is like this, possibly to enforce the idea that he's nightmarishly persistent (count how many times he says some variant on "I'll have my bond, I will not hear thee speak"). Launcelot Gobbo uses the trope more comedically, especially in his opening monologue.
"Fia!" says the fiend. "Away!" says the fiend. "For the heavens, rouse up a brave mind", says the fiend, "and run!" note
- Portia gets a moment as well:
I speak too long, but 'tis to pheaze the time,
To eke it and to draw it out in length...
- Justified in that she's doing exactly what she says she's doing—stalling for time.
- Shakespeare uses it again in one of Dogberry's speeches:
Marry, sir, they have committed false report;
moreover, they have spoken untruths; secondarily,
they are slanders; sixth and lastly, they have
belied a lady; thirdly, they have verified unjust
things; and, to conclude, they are lying knaves.
*** Don Pedro replies: "First I ask thee what have they done? Thirdly, what's their offence? Sixth and lastly, why they are committed? and to conclude, what you lay to their charge?"
But, masters, here are your parts, and I am to entreat you, request you and desire you to con them by tomorrow night...
You are looked for and called for, asked for and sought for in the great chamber.