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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6149That the Moon may be a World. he is near to the Moon? or why cannot her
greater Brightneſs make him appear White as
the other Planets?
nor can there be any reaſon
given why that greater Light would repreſent
her Body under a falſe Colour.
2. ’Tis not ſuch a duskiſh leaden light as we
ſee in the darker part of her Body, when ſhe
is about a Sextile Aſpect diſtant from the Sun,
for then why does ſhe appear red in the Eclip-
ſes, ſince meer ſhade cannot cauſe ſuch Variety?
for ’tis the nature of Darkneſs by its Oppoſiti-
on, rather to make things appear of a more
White and clear Brightneſs than they are in
Or if it be the ſhade, yet thoſe
parts of the Moon are then in the ſhade of her
Body, and therefore in Reaſon ſhould have the
like Redneſs.
Since then neither of theſe
Lights are hers, it follows that ſhe hath none
of her own.
Nor is this a ſingular Opinion,
11Somn. Scip.
l. 1. c. 20.
Lect. antiq.
l. 1. c. 15.
In lib. de
natur. re-
but it hath had many Learned Patrons;
as Macrobius, who being for this Quoted of
Rhodiginus, he calls him vir reconditiſſimœ ſci-
entiœ, a Man who knew more than ordinary
Philoſophers, thus commending the Opinion
in Credit of the Author.
To him aſſents the
Venerable Bede, upon whom the Gloſs hath
22De 4
Coœvis Q.
4 Art. 21.
this Compariſon.
As the Looking Glaſs re-
preſents not any Image within it ſelf unleſs it
receive ſome from without;
ſo the Moon hath
not any Lighr but what is beſtowed by the
l. 4. p. 2.
To theſe agr@ed Albertus Magnus, Scaliger, Mœſtin, Keplar, and more55Epit. A-ſtro.Cop.l.6.
part. 5. ſect.
eſpecially Malapertius, whoſe Words are more pat to the purpoſe than others, and there-
fore I ſhall ſet them down as you may find

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