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.
I have already proved, and as for the laſt it is
confidently affirm’d by Gælius, Quod ſi in diſ-
Ant. Lect.
l. 20. c. 5.
quiſitionem evocet quis, an lunari ſyderi lucem
fœnerent planetæ item alii, aſſeveranter aſtruen-
dum non fænerare.
‘If any ſhould ask whether
‘the other Planets lend any Light to the
I anſwer, they do not. True indeed,
the Noble Tycho diſcuſſing the reaſon of this
Progym. 1.Light, attributes it to the Planet Venus;
and I
grant that this may convey ſome Light to the
but that is not the cauſe of this where-
of we now diſcourſe, is of it ſelf ſufficiently
plain, becauſe Venus is ſometimes over the
Moon, when as ſhe cannot convey any Light
to that part which is turned from her.
It doth not proceed from the fixed Stars;
for then it would retain the ſame Light in E-
clipſes, whereas the Light at ſuch times is
more ruddy and dull.
Then alſo the Light of
the Moon would not be greater or leſſer, ac-
cording to its diſtance from the edge of the
Earths ſhadow, ſince it did at all times equally
participate this Light of the Stars.
In brief, this is neither proper to the Moon,
nor does it proceed from any Penetration of
the Sun’s Rays, or the ſhining of Venus, or the
other Planets, or the fixed Stars.
Now be-
cauſe there is no other Body in the whole Uni-
verſe, ſave the Earth, it remains that this Light
muſt neceſlarily be cauſed by that, which with
a Juſt Gratitude re-pays the Moon ſuch Illu-
mination as it receives from her.
And as Loving Friends, equally participate
of the ſame Joy and Grief, ſo do the ſe mutual-
ly partake of the ſame Light from the Sun, and

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