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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            in hac terra, &</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">As if he had conceived the
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            Moon to be a great hollow Body, in the midſt
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            oſ whoſe Concavity, there ſhould be another
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            Globe oſ Sea and Land, inhabited by Men, as
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            as our Earth is. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Whereas it ſeems to be
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            more likely by the Relation of others, that
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            this Philoſophers Opinion is to be underſtood
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            in the ſame Senſe, as it is here to be prov’d.
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            <s xml:space="preserve">True indeed, the Father condemns this Aſſer-
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            tion as an equal Abſurdity to that of Anaxaga-
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            ras, who affirm’d the Snow to be black: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">but
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            no wonder, for in the very next Chapter, it is
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            that he does ſo much deride the Opinion of
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            thoſe who thought there were Antipodes. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">So
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            that his ignorance in that particular, may per-
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            haps diſable him from being a Competent
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            Judge in any other like point in Philoſophy. </s>
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            Upon theſe agreed Pythagoras, who thought
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            that our Earth was but one of the Planets
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            which mov’d round about the Sun, (as Ari-
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            ſtotle relates of him) and the Pythagoreans in
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            general did affirm, that the Moon was alſo Ter-
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            reſtrial, and that ſhe was Inhabited as this low-
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            er World; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">That thoſe living Creatures and
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            Plants which are in her, exceed any of the
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            like kind, with us in the ſame proportion, as
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            their Days are longer than ours, viz. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">by 15.
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            </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">times. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">This Pythagoras was eſteem’d by all of a
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            moſt Divine Wit, as appears eſpecially by his
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            valuation amongſt the Romans, who being com-
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            manded by the Oracle to erecta Statue to the
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            wiſeſt Græcian, the Senate determin’d Pythago-
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            ras to be meant, preferring him in their Judge-
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            ment before the Divine Socrates, whom their
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            Gods pronounc’d the Wiſeſt. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Some think</s>
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