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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            <s xml:space="preserve">I have now done with theſe Propoſitions
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            which are ſet down to clear the paſſage, and
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            conſirm the Suppoſitions implyed in the Opi-
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            nion; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">I ſhall in the next place proceed to a
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            more direct Treating of the chief matter in
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            Hand.</s>
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          <head xml:space="preserve">PROP. VI.</head>
          <head style="it" xml:space="preserve">That there is a World in the Moon, bath been
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          the direct Opinion of many Ancient, with ſome
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          Modern Mathematicians, and may probably
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          de deduc’d from the Tenents of others.</head>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">SInce this Opinion may be ſuſpected of Sin-
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            gularity, I ſhall firſt confirm it by ſuffici-
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            ent Authority oſ divers Authors, both Anci-
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            ent and Modern, that to I may the better clear
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            it from the prejudice either of an Upſtart Fan-
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            cy, or an obſelute Error. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">This is by ſome at-
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            tributed to Orpheus, one of the moſt Ancient
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            Greek Poets. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Who ſpeaking of the Moon,
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            ſays thus, τί πσλλ αςεα, πολλα μίλα ορα
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            That it hath many Mountains, and Cities, and
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            Houſes in it. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">To him aſſented Anaxagoras,
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            Democritus, and Heraclides, all who, thought
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            it to have ſirm ſolid Ground, like to our Earth,
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            containing in it many large Fields, Champion
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            Grounds, and divers Inhabitants.</s>
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            <note position="left" xlink:label="note-0064-01" xlink:href="note-0064-01a" xml:space="preserve">Plut. de
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            place. phil.
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            l. 2. c. 13.</note>
            <note position="left" xlink:label="note-0064-02" xlink:href="note-0064-02a" xml:space="preserve">Ibid. c. 23.</note>
            <note position="left" xlink:label="note-0064-03" xlink:href="note-0064-03a" xml:space="preserve">Diog.
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            Laert. l- 2.
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            & l. 9.</note>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">Of this Opinion likewiſe was Xenophanes,
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            as he is cited for it by Lactantius; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">though that
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            Father, perhaps, did miſtake his meaning
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            whilſt he relates it thus, Dixit Xenophanes, in-
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            tra concavum Lunæ eſſe aliam terram, & </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">ibi ali-
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            ud genus hominum ſimili modo vivere ſicut nos</s>
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