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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            Night; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">but her Melancholly being not ſatis-
            fied with this, ſhe replied again, That that alaſs
            was no benefit; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">for in the Day time, ſhe
            ſhould be either not ſeen, or not noted. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Where-
            fore, God to Comfort Her up, promiſed, that
            his People the Iſraelites ſhould Celebrate all
            their Feaſts and Holy Days by a Computation
            of her Months; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">but this being not able to
            Content Her, ſhe has looked very Melancholly
            ever ſince; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">however ſhe hath ſtill reſerved
            much light of her own.</s>
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            <note position="right" xlink:label="note-0055-01" xlink:href="note-0055-01a" xml:space="preserve">Toſtatus in
            I Gen.
            Hyeron. de
            Sancta fide.
            <s xml:space="preserve">Others there were, that did think the Moon
            to be a Round Globe; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">the one half of whoſe
            Body was of a bright Subſtance, the other half
            being dark; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">and the divers Converſions of
            thoſe ſides towards our Eyes, cauſed the Variety
            of her apperances: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">of this Opinion was Beroſus,
            as he is cited by
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            Vitruvius; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">and
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            St. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Auſtin
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            thought it was probable enough. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">But this fancy
            is almoſt equally abſurd with the former, and
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            both of them ſound rather like Fables, than
            Philoſophical Truths. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">You may Commonly ſee
            how this latter does Contradict frequent and
            eaſie experience; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">for ’tis obſerved, that that
            ſpot which is perceiv'd about her middle, when
            ſhe is in the Encreaſe, may be diſcern'd in the
            ſame place when ſhe is in the Full: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">whence it
            muſt follow, that the ſame part which was be-
            fore darkened, is after inlighten'd, and that the
            one part is not always Dark, and the other
            Light of it ſelf. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">But enough of this, I would
            be loth to make an Enemy, that I may after-
            wards overcome him, or beſtow time in Pro-
            ving that which is already granted, I ſuppoſe</s>