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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            he is near to the Moon? </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">or why cannot her
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            greater Brightneſs make him appear White as
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            the other Planets? </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">nor can there be any reaſon
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            given why that greater Light would repreſent
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            her Body under a falſe Colour.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">2. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">’Tis not ſuch a duskiſh leaden light as we
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            ſee in the darker part of her Body, when ſhe
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            is about a Sextile Aſpect diſtant from the Sun,
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            for then why does ſhe appear red in the Eclip-
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            ſes, ſince meer ſhade cannot cauſe ſuch Variety?
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            </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">for ’tis the nature of Darkneſs by its Oppoſiti-
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            on, rather to make things appear of a more
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            White and clear Brightneſs than they are in
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            themſelves; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Or if it be the ſhade, yet thoſe
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            parts of the Moon are then in the ſhade of her
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            Body, and therefore in Reaſon ſhould have the
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            like Redneſs. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Since then neither of theſe
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            Lights are hers, it follows that ſhe hath none
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            of her own. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Nor is this a ſingular Opinion,
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            but it hath had many Learned Patrons; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">ſuch
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            as Macrobius, who being for this Quoted of
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            Rhodiginus, he calls him vir reconditiſſimœ ſci-
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            entiœ, a Man who knew more than ordinary
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            Philoſophers, thus commending the Opinion
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            in Credit of the Author. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">To him aſſents the
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            Venerable Bede, upon whom the Gloſs hath
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            this Compariſon. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">As the Looking Glaſs re-
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            preſents not any Image within it ſelf unleſs it
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            receive ſome from without; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">ſo the Moon hath
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            not any Lighr but what is beſtowed by the
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            Sun. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">To theſe agr@ed
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            Albertus Magnus,
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            Scaliger,
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            Mœſtin, Keplar, and more
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            eſpecially
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            Malapertius, whoſe Words aremore pat to the purpoſe than others, and there-
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            fore I ſhall ſet them down as you may find them</s>
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