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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            Night; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">but her Melancholly being not ſatis-
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            fied with this, ſhe replied again, That that alaſs
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            was no benefit; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">for in the Day time, ſhe
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            ſhould be either not ſeen, or not noted. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Where-
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            fore, God to Comfort Her up, promiſed, that
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            his People the Iſraelites ſhould Celebrate all
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            their Feaſts and Holy Days by a Computation
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            of her Months; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">but this being not able to
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            Content Her, ſhe has looked very Melancholly
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            ever ſince; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">however ſhe hath ſtill reſerved
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            much light of her own.</s>
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            <note position="right" xlink:label="note-0055-01" xlink:href="note-0055-01a" xml:space="preserve">Toſtatus in
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            I Gen.
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            Hyeron. de
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            Sancta fide.
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            Hebrœo-
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            maſt.12.c.4.</note>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">Others there were, that did think the Moon
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            to be a Round Globe; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">the one half of whoſe
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            Body was of a bright Subſtance, the other half
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            being dark; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">and the divers Converſions of
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            thoſe ſides towards our Eyes, cauſed the Variety
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            of her apperances: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">of this Opinion was Beroſus,
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            as he is cited by
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            Vitruvius; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">and
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            St. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Auſtin
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            thought it was probable enough. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">But this fancy
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            is almoſt equally abſurd with the former, and
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            both of them ſound rather like Fables, than
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            Philoſophical Truths. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">You may Commonly ſee
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            how this latter does Contradict frequent and
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            eaſie experience; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">for ’tis obſerved, that that
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            ſpot which is perceiv'd about her middle, when
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            ſhe is in the Encreaſe, may be diſcern'd in the
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            ſame place when ſhe is in the Full: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">whence it
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            muſt follow, that the ſame part which was be-
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            fore darkened, is after inlighten'd, and that the
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            one part is not always Dark, and the other
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            Light of it ſelf. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">But enough of this, I would
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            be loth to make an Enemy, that I may after-
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            wards overcome him, or beſtow time in Pro-
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            ving that which is already granted, I ſuppoſe</s>
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