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BRITISH APOLLO .

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Q: HETHER the advice of Gamaliel (Acts iii.)

in relation to the Apostles, and the religion they taugbi, be not a good argument in behalf of the Maliometan religion, which has made fo great a progress, and bad so long a duration in the world :

A. Gamaliel faw, that the christian religion was propagated by such unequal agents, such weak, such feeble instruments (who had unheard of disadvantages to struggle with, both with regard to the nature of the doctrine taught, and the powerful adverfaries that oppos'd it) that he prudently concluded, that a religion fo ftrangely circumftantiated, cou'd never gain credit in the world, unless miraculously fupported by a power divine. But this bears no mai ner of analogy to the Mahomet an imposture ; which spread so far by the power of the prevailing sword, and was of a nature politickly accommodated to flesis and blood.

Q. What is the reason and use of the column of figueres in the calenders of Common-Prayer-Books, before the days of the months ?

A. The columpn specified is compos'd out of the golden, number, or cycle of the moon, which is a revolution of nineteen years: And therefore you may observe, that there is no number in the column exVOL. III,

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ceeding nineteen. As often as that revolution is perform'd, the new moons, the full moons, and all the other configurations of the moon return to the same solar day. If therefore you observe, what day of any month the moon changes, you may conclude, that upon the expiration of nineteen years, the moon will change on the very fame day of the month. And therefore by the column you may know, on what day in any month the moon changes. For when you have got the golden number for the year, look for that number in the column of the month, you den sign ; and the day of the month the said golden number is affix'd to, is the time of the moon's changing. And therefore, if any reserve this paper, they may know the changes of the moon, not only present, but for an hundred, or any number of years to come. For if you know the golden number (which, every almanack will tell you ) you may easily find out the faid number for any year to come by proceeding to nineteen, and from thence back to an unite, and so on till you come to the year you design. And when you have got the golden number for the

year

intended

you muft apply it by the foremention'd rule.

Q. I observe you are of opinion, that the earth has a double motion, viz. One round its own axis in 24 hours, and the other, through the twelve signs in 365 days, or thereabouts.

The first I can easily conceive, but the latter perplexes me : For I cannot understand how the earth in it's annual motion should make such a corsiderable inclination to the fun, and (none that can be perceiv'd) to the fixed stars.

A. The objection will readily vanish, if you contider, the fix'd stars are so vastly distant from the earth, that they cannot exert so attractive an influence, as to determine the motion of the earth from that direct mocion, which che great Creator may at first be fupposid to have imparted to it. For the annual motion of the eartb is a mix'd motion, compos'd of a right linc motion, and a tendency towards the fun. Were it not for the former, the earth wou'd move

directly

directly to the sun, and we shou'd be burnt up with heat. Were it not for the latter, it wou'd be conti. nually moving to a greater diftance from the sun, and we shou'd be frozen up with cold. But these two different motions so determine each other, chat we happily enjoy a delightful medium. Manifold are thy works, O Lord; in wisdom haft thou made them allo

Q. re fons of the British Apollo,
Whom so many wife men do follow,

Pray tell me the reason,

Why against a wet season,
So low doth fly the Swallow ?
A. The Aies, which the swallows derour
Descend, when in clouds bangs a shower,

And that is the reason,

Why near a wet season,
The foallow directs ber Aight lower.

Q. We sent y' a letter to other day,
As we were moistening our clay,
Not touching matter philosophic,
or any other foaring topic ;
But an odd saying, that's so very
Current 'mongst us when we're merry ;
Highly conceiting there would follow
-Solution, by the pext APOLLO;
But disappointed of that pleasure,
Whether thro' lofs, or want of leisure,
We fill address, in fanguine hope
Te will not let the question drop ;
But compliment us honest fellows,
And the original meaning tell us.
of singing old rose and burning the bellows.

A. Your ditty, merry fellows, know,
Came to our hands ten days ago :
But then our brains stood mathematic,
And all our flights were most extatic,
Till now, like you, our clay we moisten,
And so, by chance, your question hoift in.
An answer then, we'll give you, very
True an't please ye, Sirs, and merry,

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Highly conceiting there will follow
Thanks to your faithful friend APOLLO.
In good King Stephen's days; the RAM,
An ancient inn at NOTTINGHAM,
Was kept as our wise father knows,
By a brisk female caila OLD ROSE ;
Many like you, who hated thinking
On any other theme but drinking,
Met there, d' ye fee, in fanguine hope,
To kiss their landlady, and tope ;
But one cross right, 'mongst twenty other,
The fire burnt not, without great pother,
Till Rose, at lait, began to fing,
And the cold blades to dance and spring ;
So, by their exercise and kisses,
They grew as warni-as were their wishes :
When Scorning fire, the JOLLY FELLOWS
Cry'd, SING OLD ROSE, AND BURN THE

BELLOWS.
This is our answer to your letter.
Which if you like not, find a better.

Q. Pardon, bright off pring of a fire fublime,
Pardon
young

Theodor's unwary crime,
My folly has with lively grief opprest
My tender foul, and lefs no space for reje.
I sigh, I've offended him I love,
o let my flowing tears your pity move ;-
Excuse the fault, 'twas virgin medefiy,
That forc'd the fuit, th' unhappy suit for me,
I hope your love admits of no delay,
Whilft mine's too vigorous grown to fear decay
This rather adds unto iny chaft desires,
This rather adds unto my purer fires :
Smile on your caprive with a pleasing ray,
And then I ll name the place and happy day.

Theodora,
A. Whilit Theodora thus in vails conceals
Her self, in va:n her pasion the reveals ;
Apollo now his brightest rays puts on,
And smiles all day, but must at night be gone,

No

No mortal influence can his presence stay,
Each may call this, but none the next, their day,
No more procrastination then, but Mew
The mystery, or bid the God, Adieu.
The Epitaph of His Royal Highness, the late Prince

George OF DENMARK.

Here Lies,
HO, shall I say? No name can fuit his praise ;

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TA' indulgent master bore so mild a fway,
His servants thought it empire to obey.
The husband ruld so void of noisy ítrife,
The fovereign cou'd not overlook the wife.
Nor did the husband overlook the Queen :
A strangely mingled, yet a tuneful icene.
Here wisdom greeted inofenlive love ;
The serpent temper'd by the gallefs doze.
Sweetness and grandeur with such lustre shone,
In him the blended couple made but ONE.
To heav'n with wondrous steadiness inclin'd,
He drew the picture of his confort's mind.
To finche mini wote, whicher muit we roam ?
In war a LYON, but a LAMB at home,
When bravely he the Swedish troops dismay'd,
The brother and the subject he display'd.
When Danish valour did with BELGICK join,
We view'd SCAMANDER in the frighted BOYN.
The Boyn that flows with heliconian streams,
And lavishly inspires poetick themes.
Denmark his youthful days, the better part
Our happy ifle ;-but BOTH enjoy'd his HEART.
In Britain's love he had so large a Mare
As tho' he first had breath'd Britannick air.
Each had his love, the great ones, and the small,
And yet to ANNA he bequeath'd his all.
Does costly spice the teeth of time controul ?
He's precioufly embalm'd in ANNA's fowl.
Does marble blazon the sepulchral womb ?
Fame is HIS monument, the world HIS romb.

Q. Hao

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