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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5644That the Moon may be a World. Night; but her Melancholly being not ſatis-
fied with this, ſhe replied again, That that alaſs
was no benefit;
for in the Day time, ſhe
ſhould be either not ſeen, or not noted.
fore, God to Comfort Her up, promiſed, that
his People the Iſraelites ſhould Celebrate all
their Feaſts and Holy Days by a Computation
of her Months;
but this being not able to
Content Her, ſhe has looked very Melancholly
ever ſince;
however ſhe hath ſtill reſerved
much light of her own.
Others there were, that did think the Moon
to be a Round Globe;
the one half of whoſe
Body was of a bright Subſtance, the other half
being dark;
and the divers Converſions of
thoſe ſides towards our Eyes, cauſed the Variety
of her apperances:
of this Opinion was Beroſus,
as he is cited by Vitruvius;
and St. 11Lib. 9.
thought it was probable enough.
But this fancy
is almoſt equally abſurd with the former, and
item.ep. 119
both of them ſound rather like Fables, than
Philoſophical Truths.
You may Commonly ſee
how this latter does Contradict frequent and
eaſie experience;
for ’tis obſerved, that that
ſpot which is perceiv'd about her middle, when
ſhe is in the Encreaſe, may be diſcern'd in the
ſame place when ſhe is in the Full:
whence it
muſt follow, that the ſame part which was be-
fore darkened, is after inlighten'd, and that the
one part is not always Dark, and the other
Light of it ſelf.
But enough of this, I would
be loth to make an Enemy, that I may after-
wards overcome him, or beſtow time in Pro-
ving that which is already granted, I

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