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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161149That the Moon may be a World. kows, Swallows, and ſuch like. To this pur-
poſe Mendoca reckons up divers ſtrange 11Viridiar.
lib. 4. prob.
As that of Epimendies, who is ſtory-
ed to have ſlept 75 Years.
And another of a
Ruſtick in Germany, who being accidentally
covered with a Hay-Rick, ſlept there for all
Autumn, and the Winter following, without
any Nouriſhment.
Or, if this will not ſerve, yet why may
not a Papiſt faſt ſo long, as well as Ignatius
or Xaverius?
Or if there be ſuch a ſtrange
Efficacy in the Bread of the Euchariſt, as their
miraculous Relations do attribute unto it:
then, that it may ſerve well enough, for their
Or, if we muſt needs Feed upon ſomething
elſe, why may not Smells nouriſh us?
22De facie
in Luna.
and Pliny, and divers other Ancients, tell us of a Nation in India that lived only upon plea-
33Nat. hiſt.
lib. 7. ca. 3.
ſing Odors.
And ’tis the common Opinion of
Phyſitians, that theſe do ſtrangely both ſtreng-
then and repair the Spirits.
Hence was it that
Demooritus was able for divers days together
44Diog. La-
ert. lib. 1.
ca. 9.
to feed himſelf with the meer ſmell of Hot
Or if it be neceſſary that our Stomachs muſt
receive the Food:
why then, ’tis not impoſſi-
ble, that the purity of the Æthereal Air, be-
ing not mixed with any improper Vapours,
may be ſo@agreeable to our Bodies, as to yield
us a ſufficient Nouriſhment;
according to that
of the Poet;
----------Veſcitur aur â
’T was an old Platonick Principle, that

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