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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7967That the Moon may be a World. thicker parts appearing in her, do ſhew the
difference betwixt the Sea and Land in that
other World?
and Galilæus doubts not, but
that if our Earth were viſible at the ſame di-
ſtance, there would be the like appearance of it.
If we conſider the Moon as another habi-
table Earth, then the appearances of it will
be altogether exact, and beautiful, and may
argue unto that, it is fully accompliſhed for
all thoſe ends to which Providence did appoint
But conſider it barely as a Star or Light,
and then there will appear in it much imper-
fection and deformity, as being of an impure
dark ſubſtance, and ſo unfit for the Office of
that Nature.
As for the Form of thoſe Spots, ſome of
the Vulgar think, they repreſent a Man, and
the Poetsgueſs, ’tis the Boy Endymion, whoſe
Company ſhe Loves ſo well, that ſhe carries
him with her;
others will have it only to be
the Face of a Man, as the Moon is uſually pi-
but Albertus thinks rather, that it re-
Hiſt. Na.
l. 8. c. 19.
preſents a Lyon, with his Tail towards the
Eaſt, and his Head the Weſt, and ſome others
have thought it to be very much like a Fox, and certainly, ’tis as much like a Lyon, as that
in the Zodiake, or as Urſa major is like a Bear.
I ſhould gueſs, that it repreſents one of
theſe, as well as another, and any thing elſe,
as well as any of theſe, ſince ’tis but a ſtrong ima-
gination, which fancies ſuch Images, as School
Boys uſually do, in the marks of a Wall, where-
as there is not any ſuch ſimilitude in the ſpots
themſelves, which rather like our Sea, in re-
ſpect of the Land, appears under a rugged

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