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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            Policy, whether true or falſe, but ſome of them,
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            by a Cabaliſtical Interpretation can Father it
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            upon a dark place of Scripture, or (if need be)
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            upon a Text that is clean contrary. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">There be-
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            ing not any abſurdity ſo groſs and incredible,
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            for which theſe Abuſers of the Text, will not
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            find out an Argument. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Whereas, ’tis the more
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            natural way, and ſhould be obſerved in all Con-
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            troverſies, to apply unto every thing, the pro-
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            per proofs of it; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">and when we deal with Phi-
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            loſophical Truths, to keep our ſelves within
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            the Bounds of Humane Reaſon and Authority.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">But this by the way. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">For the better proof
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            of this Propoſition, I might here Cite the Te-
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            ſtimony of Diodorus, who thought the Moon
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            to be full of rugged places, velut terreſtribus
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            tumultis ſupercilioſam; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">but he erred much in
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            ſome Circumſtances of this Opinion, eſpecial-
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            ly where he ſays, there is an Iſland amongſt
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            the Hyperboreans, wherein thoſe Hills may
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            to the Eye be plainly diſcover'd; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">and for this
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            reaſon
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            Gælius calls him a Fabulous Writer.</s>
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            But you may ſee more expreſs Authority for
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            the Proof of this in the Opinions of Anaxago-
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            ras and Democritus, who held that this Planet
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            was full of Champion Grounds, Mountains
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            and Vallies. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">And this ſeemed likewiſe proba-
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            ble unto Auguſtinus Nifus, whoſe words are
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            theſe: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Forſitan non eſt remotum dicere lunæ par-
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            tes eſſe diverſas, veluti ſunt partes terræ, quarum
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            aliæ ſunt valloſæ, aliæ montoſæ, ex quarum diffe-
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            rentia effici poteſt facies illa lunæ; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">nec eſt rationi
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            diſſonum, nam luna eſt corpus imperfecte Sphæ-
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            ricum, cum ſit corpus ab ultimo cœlo elongatum,
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            ut ſupra dixit Ariſtoteles. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">‘Perhaps, it would</s>
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