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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            him a Few by Birth; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">but moſt agree that he
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            was much Converſant amongſt the Learneder
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            ſort and Prieſts of that Nation, by whom he
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            was inform’d of many Secrets, and, perhaps,
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            this Opinion which he vented afterwards in
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            Greece, where he was much oppos’d by Ariſto-
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            tle in ſome worded Diſputations, but never
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            conſuted by any ſolid Reaſon.</s>
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            <note position="left" xlink:label="note-0064-04" xlink:href="note-0064-04a" xml:space="preserve">Divin. Inſt.
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            lib. 3. c. 23.</note>
            <note position="right" xlink:label="note-0065-01" xlink:href="note-0065-01a" xml:space="preserve">De Cælo.
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            l. 2. cap. 13.</note>
            <note position="right" xlink:label="note-0065-02" xlink:href="note-0065-02a" xml:space="preserve">Plut. ibid.
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            cap. 30.</note>
            <note position="right" xlink:label="note-0065-03" xlink:href="note-0065-03a" xml:space="preserve">Plin. Nat.
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            Hiſt. l. 34,
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            cip. 6.</note>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">To this Opinion of Pythagoras did Plato alſo
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            aſſent, when he conſider’d that there was the
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            like Eclipſe made by the Earth; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">and this, that
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            it had no Light of its own, it was ſo full of
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            ſpots. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">And therefore we may oſten read in
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            him, and his followers, of an ætherea terra, and
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            lunares populi, An Æthereal Earth, and Inha-
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            biters in the Moon; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">but aſterwards this was
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            mix’d with many ridiculous Fancies: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">For
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            ſome of them conſidering the Myſteries im-
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            plied in the number 3, concluded that there
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            muſt neceſſarily be a Trinity of Worlds, where-
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            of the firſt of this is ours; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">the ſecond in the
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            Moon, whoſe Element of Water is repreſen-
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            ted by the Sphere of Mercury, the Air by Ve-
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            nus, and the Fire by the Sun. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">And that the
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            whole Univerſe might the better end in Earth
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            as it began, they have contriv’d it, that Mars
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            ſhall be a Sphere of the Fire, Fupiter oſ Air,
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            Saturn of Water; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">and above all theſe, the
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            Elyſian Fields, ſpacious and pleaſant places ap-
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            pointed for the Habitation of thoſe unſpotted
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            Souls, that either never were impriſoned in,
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            or elſe now have freed themſelves from any
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            Commerce with the Body. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Scaliger ſpeaking
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            of this Platonick Fancy, quæ in tres trientes
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            mundum quaſi aſſem diviſit, thinks ’tisConfutati-</s>
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