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A67813 Sidrophel vapulans, or, The quack-astrologer toss'd in a blanket by the author of Medicaster medicatus ; in an epistle to W---m S---n [i.e. William Salmon] ; with a postscript, reflecting briefly on his late scurilous libel against the Royal College of Physicians, entituled, A rebuke to the authors of the blue book, by the same hand. Yonge, James, 1647-1721. 1699 (1699) Wing Y42A; ESTC R32944 55,470 76

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Did not our great Reformers use This Sidrophel to foreboad News And hath he not alway foretold Whate'er the close Committee would Made Mars and Saturn for the Cause The Moon for Fundamental Laws c. ERRATA PAge 4. line 38. for He read But p. 7. Marg. for L. H. r. lib. 4. p. 8. l. 17. r. many degrees better p. 9. l. 19. r. discoverer p. 12. Marg. r. 1652. p. 19. l. 33. for professor r. possessor p. 20. l. 2. r. 20. p. 29. l. 21.22 for Impostor r. Prophet p. 41. Marg. r. Tom. 2. p. 46. Marg. r. de Peste Some Literal Mistakes are left to the Readers Candor To W S n. THERE is Egregious Sir a Quack Astrologer in your House who some Years since Publish'd a Scandalous Reflection on me without either Reason or Provocation so to do which a Friend of mine imparting to me for I used not to mispend Time or Money in such empty Stuff with which his Pen hath surfeited the World I expostulated the Matter with him by Letter and demanded his Authority or Reason for the Reproach or an Acknowledgment of the Fault or Mistake if it were such but instead of giving me any manner of Satisfaction He in the next Publick Effort of his fertil Pen falls a railing and chattering like an obnoxious Criminal and attempted by dint of Scolding to Huff me out of those Resentments which he had great reason to fear would be severe upon him Nihil est audacius illis Reprehensis iram atque animos à crimine sumunt Indeed at first I was so little displeas'd to see my self treated in a manner so much to his own Shame and Opprobrium more than mine that I slighted the Bawling Brain-sick till I found him at me again And for want of new Matter giving the People twice Sodden Cabbage the same fulsom Stuff in a second Almanack which he had done in that wherein he first put that Falshood on Crato and me The Repetition of this groundless Affront after I had charged him with the Falshood thereof and he had tacitly allowed it himself made me steal a few Hours from other Avocations to do my self right and stop the Carreer of his Scurrilous Pen. But since he denied to take notice of my Private Challenge I could not readily think of a better way to gain that Point that by this Publick Address and Appeal to you who are so much alike and so near of kin to him But before we engage in so rough and unpleasant a way as a close and serious Discourse of this Matter will carry us to It may not be amiss to sweeten our Humours by some divertive Entertainment in the beginning of our Course and because some of his Quack Postures afforded me such Pleasure that I felt little of the pinching part of his Bum-fodder I will make you merry with a Specimen of his Worship's Wit both in Verse and Prose I begin with the former not only because the Pamphlet abounds therewith but for the excellency of it being the very quintessence of Helicon and Heart Blood and Guts of the Muses Homer Pindar Virgil or Cowley were meer Fools to Sidrophel or Watchum his Journeyman Poetaster not one of them ever made such bold strokes or can show such Flowers as I can out of his doggrel and fastidious Rhyme Renowned Prince Prevail and Prosper still And make like God's Decrees your Royal Will There 's a Bird for the King against whose Father's Tyranny and Arbitrary Actions he had just before bent his doughty Song and now He comes to admonish his Majesty to the same Practice Where is the Liberty and Property of Subjects so much talk'd of If they be governed by a Prince whose Will like the Decrees of Heaven is Absolute and Irresistible For so the Assembly in their Confession and Catechisms define Predestination or God's Decrees to be viz. destining or determining from all Eternity such to Heaven such to Hell L. Du Moulin allows scarce One in a Million to the former without foresight or respect had to Good or Evil in them but merely to show his Power and for his Glory To imitate this must be very Arbitrary and Tyrannical And like the Grand Louis his declared Reasons for making his last War on the Netherlands and spilling the Blood of so many Thousands not for their Fault but his Glory Thus in a roaring Song against Arbitrary Power which had tumbled King James out of his Throne He recommends to King William a Walk on the same dangerous Precipice You by your lightning Steel Give to the stupid Foe a sense to feel This is a whole Nosegay for his Majesty made up of as much Nonsense as ever was in so little Meeter He had reason to scorn assistance from the Muses in his first Poetical Sally in January he hath a Furnassus in his own Breast Excludit sanos Helicone Poetas Democritus He hath a peculiar sort of Poetry a Specimen of which may be thus Paraphras'd in Prose Your Sword made the living dead i. e. the Stupid feel cujus Contrarium The Gallick fury vanish'd like a Ghost And trembling stood before your Mighty Host I know not whether he intended this for Prophecy or History I am sure it 's neither Sence nor Truth The French have not shown themselves such Cowards of late as to lose their Courage at the sight of an Enemy But the Jest is their fury vanished and yet stood trembling There is a sort of a Contradiction in that vanishing and standing fury and trembling are different things This was in June It seems the hot Weather made the Monsieurs cold and the cool Weather heated them for in September he tells us they became brisk Threatned Revenge and boldly swore They valiant are when that no Foe is near But always sneak when Enemies appear This was verified at the Siege of Namur where our new Observator affirms That the Confederates in seeing the Town lost before their Faces won more Glory 1692. than the sneaking French who took it in despight and in sight of such Puissance as the Confederate Army Headed by so great an Heroe and Renowned Prince But his choicest Flowers are at the end of this Gallymawfry where he ingeniously mingles Poetry and Prophecy and both of so true a stamp as if Apollo had made him an Oracle as well as a Poet. For my part I don't know which to admire most the Prediction or the Rhyme Deceit 's the Line which some great Men do tread Death reigns among the Living not the Dead Both these are for Rhyme neither of them for Sense and may be thus Travestee'd There dwells no sense within the Poet's head For Death can't reign where 't hath not conquered No more than Life can do 't among the Dead With this scrap of my Muse we will pass by his Poetry and taste a bit of his Prose of which he gives us a most delightful Morsel in the third Paragraph of that Nonsense his