An Island in the Moon

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An untitled burlesque fragment by W. Blake, written c. 1784–5, first printed (though inaccurately) in 1907 by E. J. Ellis in The Real Blake. It is a satirical portrait of scientific and cultural dilettantism and pretension, interspersed with songs (some of them bawdy).

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