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.
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            ever look for any Evident or more Probable
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            Diſcoveries in this kind. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">unleſs there be ſome
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            hopes of Inventing means for our Conveyance
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            thither. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">The Poſſibility of which, ſhall be the
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            Subject of our Enquiry in this laſt Propoſition.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">And, if we do but Conſider by what Steps
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            and Leaſure, all Arts do uſually riſe to their
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            Growth, we ſhall have no cauſe to Doubt why
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            this alſo may not hereafter be found out
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            amongſt other Secrets. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">It hath Conſtantly yet
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            been the Method of Providence, not preſent-
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            ly to ſhew us all, but to Lead us on by De-
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            grees, from the Knowledg of one thing to an-
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            other.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">’T was a great While, ere the Planets were
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            Diſtinguſhed from the fixed Stars, and ſome
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            time after that, ere the Morning and Evening
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            Star were Found to be the ſame. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">And in greater
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            ſpace (I doubt not) but this alſo, and other as
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            Excellent Myſteries will be Diſcovered. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Time,
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            who hath always been the Father of new
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            Truths, and hath revealed unto us many things,
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            which our Anceſtors were Ignorant of, will
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            alſo Manifeſt to our Poſterity, that which we
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            now deſire, but cannot know. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Veniet tempus
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            (ſaith Seneca) quo iſt a quæ nunc latent, in lucem
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            dies extrahet, & </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">longioris ævi diligentia. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Time
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            will come, when the Indeavours of after Ages,
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            ſhall bring ſuch things to Light as now lie hid
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            in Obſcurity. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Arts are not yet come to their
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            Solſtice. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">But the Induſtry of Future Times,
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            Aſſiſted with the Labours of their Fore-Fa-
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            thers, may reach that Height which we could
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            not Attain to. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Veniet tempus quo poſteri noſlri
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            nos tam aperta neſciſſe mirentur. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">As we now</s>
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