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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            other a Groſs, Dark Body, which cannot
            Shine at all. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">’Tis requiſite therefore that in
            the next place I clear this doubt, and ſhew that
            the Moon hath no more Iight of her own than
            our Earth.</s>
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          <head xml:space="preserve">PROP. V.</head>
          <head style="it" xml:space="preserve">That the Moon hath not any Light of her own.</head>
            <s xml:space="preserve">TWas the fancy of ſome of the Jews, and
            more eſpecially of Rabbi Simeon, that the
            Moon was nothing elſe but a Contracted Sun,
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            and that both thoſe Planets at their firſt Cre-
            ation, were equal both in Light and quantity.
            <s xml:space="preserve">For, becauſe God did then call them both
            great Lights, therefore they inferred that
            they muſt be both equal in bigneſs. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">But a while
            after (as the Tradition goes) the Ambitious
            Moon put up Her Complaint to God againſt
            the Sun, ſhewing that it was not fit there ſhould
            be two ſuch great Lights in the Heavens; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">a
            Monarchy would beſt become the place of Or-
            der and Harmony. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Upon this, God Comman-
            ded Her to contract her ſelf into a Narrower
            compaſs; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">but ſhe being much diſcontented
            hereat, replies, What! becauſe I have ſpoken
            that which is Reaſon and Equity, muſt I there-
            fore be diminiſhed; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">This Sentence could not
            chuſe but much trouble Her; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">and for this Rea-
            ſon was ſhe in great diſtreſs and grief for a long
            ſpace, but that her Sorrow might be ſome
            way pacified, God bid her be of good Cheer,
            becauſe her Priviledges and Charter ſhould
            be greater than the Suns; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">he ſhoulld appear in
            the Day time only, ſhe both in the Day and</s>