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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208That the Moon may be a World. Eclipſe, relates, that at ſuch time it was a
cuſtom amongſt the Romans (the moſt civil and
Learned People of the World) to ſound Braſs
Inſtruments, and hold great Torches toward
the Heaven.
Τῶν δε Ρωμαίων (ὤσπερ {ἐστὶ}ν ἐνομισ {μέν}ον)
χαλκ{οῦ} τε τατό γι;
ὰνακαλ{ου} μένων τοφῶς ἀυτῆς {καὶ} πυ{ρὰ}
11In vita
Paul. Æ-
πολλὰ δαλοῖς {καὶ} δαοτίν ἀνε{χό}ντων πρός {οὐ}ῥοανον.
by this means they ſuppoſed the Moon was
much eaſed in her Labours, and therefore
Ovid calls ſuch loud Inſtruments the Auxilia-
ries or helps of the Moon.
Cum fruſtra reſonant æra auxiliaria Lunæ.
Lib. 4.
And therefore the Satyriſt too, deſcribing a
loud Scold, ſays, ſhe was able to make noiſe
enough to deliver the labouring Moon.
Una laboranti poterit ſuccerrere Lunæ.
Sat. 6.
Now the reaſon of all this their Ceremony,
was, becauſe they feared the World would
fall aſleep, when one of its Eyes began to
wink, and therefore they would do what they
could by loud Sounds to rouſe it from its drow-
ſineſs, and keep it awake, by bright Torches,
to beſtow that Light upon it which it began to
Some of them thought hereby to keep the
Moon in her Orb, whereas other wiſe ſhe would
have fallen down upon the Earth, and the
World would have loſt one of its Lights;
the credulous People believed, that Inchanters
and Witches could bring the Moon down,
which made Virgil ſay,
Gantus & è cælo poſſunt deducere Lunam.

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