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British Apollo :

Containing Two Thousand

ANSWERS

TO CURIOUS

QUESTIONS

IN MOST ARTS and SCIENCES, Serious, Comical, and Humorous,

Approved of By many of the Most Learned and ingenious of both Universities, and of the Royal-Society.

Perform’d by a Society of Gentlemen.

VOL. II.

THE THIRD EDITION.

LONDON: Printed for THEODORE SANDERS, at

the Bell in Little Britain, and Sold by ARTHUR BETTES WORTH, at the Red Lyon in Pater-noster Row, M, DCC, XXVI.

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HOU little curmudgin,

I bear it in dudgin,

My questions you do not regard;
You I muft expose,
And pull by the nose,
For your exceeding

Good manners and breeding,
Pray where were you bred, Mr. Bard ?

Do you know who you flight,
Nothing less than a knight';
But after a kicking,

You'll be free'r of speaking,
Fit usage for such a fad fellow;

Tou're at a fine pass,
Thus to play the fauce,
I know by the phiz,
Well enough who it is,
Couch'd under the mask of Apollo.

Some bolts I will borrow,

of Jove, to your forrow,
And thinder your Oracles down ;

And then you muft go,

With a rareo-show,
As the rate of a farthing a tuni.

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A. Right worshipful knight,
Do
you

think we wou'd Night
The title so fondly you boast ;

But all we believe,
From the language you give,
And your threatniogs which came,

Without e'er a name,
That you're only a knight of the post.

And thus without kicking,
We use our free-speaking,
For the lion was never,

"Till sick of a fever,
Afraid of the kicks of an afs :
If you by the phiz,
Can tell who it is,
We know by the ears,

Who 'gainst us appears,
So that for the other may pass.

If with rarce-show,

We're reduced to go,
We're assured no custom to lack,

For inftead of French toys,

To pleafe little boys, We'll carry the knight on our back. Q. Gentlemen, I find a very mean and contemptible chara&ter given of the Jews by the Egyptian writers, and those of other nations, men of as great authority as Josephus, or any other fewift biftorian.: Manethos, priest of Egypt, calls them a cren of leproms and nafty people, and says they were expelled the country by Amenophis then reigning, and driven into Syria, their captain being Moses an Egyptian priest. A like relation we have from Charemon, an author of good credit among the Greeks, xoho sells us that in the reign of Amenophis, two hun. dred and fifty thousand lepers were banished out of Egypt, under the conduct of Tifithen and Petesech, (i.e. Moses and Aaron ) and shoorber writens differ in the name of the king then reigning in Egypt, get all agree ire afferting the Ifraelites to be a mally fort of people, overrun with scabs and infe&tious boils ; and that they were

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efteemed the very fcum and filth of the nation. Tacitus, A Roman writer of unquestionable authority, adds that Moses, one of the exiled lepers, being a man of wit and - reputation among them, having the advantage to be edu"cated in the College of the royal priests at Memphis -(which none of his nation could boast of besides himself) where magick and astrology were the only sciences then in vogue, he being perfe&ly vers'd in all the mysteries and fetrets of Egyptian wisdom, it was..no hard task for him to polless the rude and ignorant fons of Jacob with a profound veneration for his perfon; and when he saw the griefs and confusion of his brethren, he bid them be of good cheer, and neither trust the gods or men of Egypt, but only. confide in him, and obey his council, for that he was fent from heaven to be sheir conductor out of this calamity; upon which the people, not knowing what course to take, surrendered themselves wholly to his disposal, from which time he became their captain and law.giver, leading them throArabia and other parts,' where they committed great rapine and speil, putting man, woman and child to the sword, burning their cities, and laying all things defolate: what could be said worfe of a company of robbers of Banditi'? The above is taken out from History, and forme that were in company at the reading are at a stand what to think, whether these authors above quoted may be relied on ? Defiring you would infert in your paper (with your conveniency) your opinions, and you will very much oblige, Gentlemen, your humble servants

Ti M-R: L. 7. 4. We must sure be of very credulous tempers, if we can depend upon heathen authors in matters of such great antiquity, as the departure of the Israelites from Egypt. When we find them all fo uncertain, fo fabulous, fo inconsistent with one another, so ridiculously absurd in accounts of a far later date, we must renounce our very reason, before we can affent to them in more ancient occurrences. When the Romans had no certain records of their own nation before the regifugium, we have a wonderful reason to believe a Tacitus, while discoursing of foreign afR 2

fairs,

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