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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The Firſt Book.
That the
MOON
May be a
WORLD.

The Firſt Propoſition, by way of Preface.

That the ſtrangeneſs of this Opinion is no ſuffici-
ent reaſon why it ſhould be rejected, becauſe
other certain Truths have been formerly eſtee-
med ridiculous, and great Abſurdities entertai-
ned by common Gonſent.
THere is an earneſtneſs and hungring after
Novelty, which doth ſtill adhere unto
all our Natures, and it is part of that
Primitive Image, that wide Extent and infi-
nite Capacity at firſt created in the Heart of
Man.
For this, ſince its depravation in Adam,
perceiving it ſelf altogether emptyed of any
good, doth now catch after every new Thing,
conceiving that poſſibly it may find Satisfaction
among ſome of its fellow Creatures.
But our
Enemy the Devil (who ſtrives ſtill to pervert

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