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.
‘ ſo with a more familiar view behold her
‘ Condition.
And becauſe you ſhall have no
occaſion to queſtion the Truth oſ thoſe Expe-
riments, which I ſhall afterwards urge from
it;
I will therefore ſet down the Teſtimony
of an Enemy, and ſuch a Witneſs hath always
been accounted prevalent:
you may ſee it in the
above nam’d Cæſar la Galla, whoſe Words
are theſe:
Mercureum caduceum geſtantem, cœ-
De phœ-
nom. cap. 1.
leſtia nunciare, &
mortuorem animas ab inferis
revocare ſapiens finxit antiquitas.
Galilæum
verò novum Fovis interpretem Teleſcopio caduceo
inſtructum Sydera aperire, &
veterum Philoſo-
phorum manes ad ſuperosrevocare ſolere noſtra ætas
videt &
admiratur. ‘Wiſe Antiquity Fabled
‘ Mercury carrying a Rod in his hand, to relate
‘ News from Heaven, and call back the Souls
‘ of the Dead;
but it hath been the happineſs
‘ of our Induſtrious Age to ſee and admire Ga-
‘ lilæus, the new Embaſſador of the Gods, fur-
‘ niſhed with his Perſpective to unfold the Na-
‘ ture oſ the Stars, and awaken the Ghoſts of
‘ the Ancient Philoſophers.
So worthily and
highly did theſe Men eſteem of this excel-
lent Invention.
Now, if you would know what might be
done by this Glaſs, in the ſight of ſuch things as
were nearer to hand, the ſame Author will
tell you, when he ſays, that by it thoſe things
which could ſcarce at all be diſcern’d by the
Ibid. c. @@.Eye, at the diſtance of a Mile and a half, might
plainly and diſtinctly be perceiv’d for 16 Italian
Miles, and that as they were really in them-
ſelves, without any Tranſpoſition or falſifying
at all.
So that what the Ancient Poets were

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