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Weekly Journal (Newspaper) - March 26, 1720, London, Middlesex ( 1^97 ) The Original ttrital With frefh Advices, Foreign and DbmefticL SATURDAY March 26. 172c. The MUSES GAZETTE. D VIC E S from Pamaffm bring the following particulars : Apollo has been lately very warmly Solicited, nay even teaz'd by various Petitions andRemon-ftrances from feveral of the OrthodoxlW.r in thofeParts of the World where there are ycrthany remaining, el-pecially from, two or three in the great Inland Vela' Luna, ini its Capita! the City of XVhimfey., complaining of the unreafonable prevalence of the Be-trodox* Scribblers and Poeiafiers, who, deJpifing all Order, Form and Decency, run away with not only all the Profit, but like wife Reputation, botli of the j^?nall Vulgar and the Great, which has very much difcourag'd the true Sons of Parnajjm, and reduced them to very great Neceilities ; the only Remedy of which, they humbly conceive, is? that Apollo would be pieas'd to infpire fbm'e Man of Power, either King, Doge, or Principal Minifter of'Stats, With a true ta-fte of a peffeft Judgment in the Art of Poetry, as he formerly has done with Ptolemy, Philadelphia, Auguftm Gefar, Medznas, Richelieu, and fome few others ; for in this corrupt Age, vand part of the World, there ieems no other poflible way of bringing the fine Arts into a lufl Eiteem, and the Profenprs of them into that Reputation and Intereft, which they only deferve^ and of reducing the fcandalous Scribblers and Poeta' fiers to their juft Neglect and Infamy. All the Anfwer they have jret been able to obtain of Apollo is, Fir ft, That his true and legitimate Sons have no reafon to complain of the hard Treatment they meet with from the Ignorant of all Nations, fince they muft know, from general Experience, that it is a neceflary and obnftant Condition perpetually annex'd to Wit, Poetry, and Honefty, feldom or never to meet with any Reward^ but what the truePoffeffion of them bring to the Owner? and he that is not contented with that, rriuft'quit Jidne^ and the Mufes foi more gainful PuifuitSj N u m b. III. As for infpiring either Kings or Minifiers oiState^ Apollo plainly tells them, that they do not know what they ask5 fince, as Mercury is not made out of every Wood, fb are not Patrons Of Arts made out of every Man, there mull be a natural Temper in the Perfen to make him capable of receiving the Infpiration of the Delphic $od; there mult be i Soul large and free from Avarice, and perfe&ly in* flructed in the Principles of true Politicks as Mecs.nas and Richelieu were j but Apollo does allure them, that as .foon as ever he finds Matter ' proper for his Infpiration, he will raife them up a Patron who lhall remove all their Grievances. Ditty There are lately arrived in Parnaffm two or three fmall Books, winch, tho' in the main they have "been received here with Approbation have yet left fome Difficulties, efpecially with the judges' of Crifipolis, which my Correspondent defires me to remove; twoof the Books are what follows; A Letter to Sirjohn Edgar, and The Battle of tbefcfix Authors, both manifefiJy written in Vindication of tlie Rights and Lawa> of the Kingdom of Pdrnajfu*; but who this Six John Edgar is, is what puzzles ' them, they neve? io much as heard of his Namej nor fee any thing at all of his Writings, not fo mudi as a Song or an "Epigram: Apollo^As.declar'd he never knew any thing of him, and all the Mufes joyn'd in the fame Declaration , fo that they think it mufl be a very barbarous Country where an Author fo unknown to Apollo and the Mufes mould be confiderable enough to engage two fucn Pens to oppofe him. Prom the City of Whim fey, in the great Jfland Dela-Luna. Since I find by my Letters that I am likely to have a more frequent Correspondence from the City of Whimfey than I at firJt expe&ed, I think it will not be amifs to give my Readers more particular Account of that City and Iflandthzn I have hitherto1 done. I think it is a generally acknowledged Principle that the Moon has a peculiar Dominion over -the Waters, efpecially over thdfe Waters which comppfe the Sea ; but the Seas furrounding, every Iftand give, a Dominion to the Moon over every fide
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