Wilkins, John, A discovery of a new world : or a discourse tending to prove, that 'tis probable there may be another Habitable World in the Moon ; with a discourse concerning the Probability of a Passage thither; unto which is added, a discourse concerning a New Planet, tending to prove, that 'tis probable our earth is one of the Planets

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That the Moon may be a World.
Thus likewiſe St. Auſtin, who cenſures that
Relation of the Antipodes to be an incredible
De civit.
Dei lib. 16
cap. 9.
Fable;
and with him agrees the Eloquent
Lactantius, Quid illi qui eſſe contrarios veſtigiis
noſtris Antipodes putant?
num aliquid loquuntur?
Inſtiſtur,
l. 3.
c. 24.
aut eſt quiſpiam tam ineptus qui credat eſſe homi-
nes, quorum veſtigia ſunt ſuperiora quâm capita?
aut ibi quæ apud nos jacent inverſa pendere? fru-
ges &
arbores deorſum verſus creſcere, pluvias &
nives, &
grandinem ſurſum verſus cadere in ter-
ram?
& miratur aliquis hortos penſiles inter ſep-
tem mira narrari, quum Pbiloſophi, &
agros &
maria, &
urbes & montes penſiles ſaciunt, & c.
‘What (ſaith he) are they that think there are
‘Antipodes, ſuch as walk with their Feet
‘againſt ours?
do they ſpeak any likelyhood?
‘or is there any one ſo fooliſh as to believe
‘that there are Men whoſe Heels are higher
‘than their Heads?
that things which with us
‘do lye on the ground, do hang there?
that
‘the Plants and Trees grow downwards?
that
‘the Hail, and Rain, and Snow fall upwards
‘to the Earth?
and do we admire the hanging
‘Orchards amongſt the ſeven Wonders, where-
‘as here the Philoſophers have made the Field
‘and Seas, the Cities and Mountains hanging?

What ſhall we think (ſaith he in Plutarch) that
Men do cling to that place like Worms, or
hang by the Claws as Cats?
Or if we ſup-
poſe a Man a little beyond the Center to be
digging with a Spade;
is it likely (as it muſt
be according to this Opinion) that the Earth
which he looſened, ſhould of it ſelf aſcend up-
wards?
or elſe ſuppoſe two Men with their
middles about the Center, the Feet of the one

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