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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            other a Groſs, Dark Body, which cannot
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            Shine at all. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">’Tis requiſite therefore that in
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            the next place I clear this doubt, and ſhew that
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            the Moon hath no more Iight of her own than
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            our Earth.</s>
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          <head xml:space="preserve">PROP. V.</head>
          <head style="it" xml:space="preserve">That the Moon hath not any Light of her own.</head>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">TWas the fancy of ſome of the Jews, and
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            more eſpecially of Rabbi Simeon, that the
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            Moon was nothing elſe but a Contracted Sun,
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            and that both thoſe Planets at their firſt Cre-
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            ation, were equal both in Light and quantity.
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            <s xml:space="preserve">For, becauſe God did then call them both
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            great Lights, therefore they inferred that
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            they muſt be both equal in bigneſs. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">But a while
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            after (as the Tradition goes) the Ambitious
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            Moon put up Her Complaint to God againſt
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            the Sun, ſhewing that it was not fit there ſhould
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            be two ſuch great Lights in the Heavens; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">a
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            Monarchy would beſt become the place of Or-
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            der and Harmony. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Upon this, God Comman-
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            ded Her to contract her ſelf into a Narrower
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            compaſs; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">but ſhe being much diſcontented
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            hereat, replies, What! becauſe I have ſpoken
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            that which is Reaſon and Equity, muſt I there-
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            fore be diminiſhed; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">This Sentence could not
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            chuſe but much trouble Her; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">and for this Rea-
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            ſon was ſhe in great diſtreſs and grief for a long
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            ſpace, but that her Sorrow might be ſome
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            way pacified, God bid her be of good Cheer,
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            becauſe her Priviledges and Charter ſhould
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            be greater than the Suns; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">he ſhoulld appear in
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            the Day time only, ſhe both in the Day and</s>
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