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">2. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Groſs abſurdities have been entertain’d
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            by general Opinion.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">I ſhall give an Inſtance of each, that ſo I
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            may the better prepare the Reader to conſider
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            things without a Prejudice, when he ſhall ſee
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            that the common Oppoſition againſt this which
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            I affirm, cannot any way derogate from its
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            Truth.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">1. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Other Truths have been formerly accoun-
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            ted as ridiculous as this. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">I ſhall ſpecifie that
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            of the Antipodes, which have been denyed,
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            and laught at by many wiſe Men and great
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            Scholars, ſuch as were Herodotus, Chryſoſtom,
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            Auſtin, Lactantius, the Venerable Bede, Lucre-
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            tius the Poet, Procopius, and the Voluminous
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            Abulenſis, together with all thoſe Fathers or
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            other Authors who denyed the roundneſs of
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            the Heavens. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Herodotus counted it ſo horri-
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            ble abſurdity, that he could not forbear laugh-
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            ing to think of it. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Γελῶ δρῶο γῆς {πρι}ύδ(ου}ς γ{ρἀ} ψαν-
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            τας, {πο}λλ{οὺ}ς ἤδη {καὶ} {οὐ} δένα νόον ἔ{χο}ντας {ὀξ}ηγ{οα} {μέν}ον ὂι
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            ’Ωκεαοόντε ρεόντα γ{ρά} Φ{ου}σι, πέ{ρι}ξ τ{ὴν} τε γ{ὴν} ἐ{οῦ}οαν
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            κυκλοτ ερέα ὤς \’δπὸ τόρν{ου}. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">‘I cannot chooſe but laugh
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            ‘(ſaith he) to ſee ſo many Men venture to de-
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            ‘ſcribe the Earths Compaſs, relating thoſe
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            ‘things that are without Senſe, as that the Sea
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            ‘flows about the World, and that the Earth it
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            ‘ſelf is as round as an Orb. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">But this great Ig-
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            norance is not ſo much to be admired in him,
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            as in thoſe Learneder Men of later times, when
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            all Sciences began to flouriſh in the World.
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            </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Such were St. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Chryſoſtome, who in his 14 Ho-
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            mily upon the Hebrews, doth make a challenge
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            to any Man that ſhall dare to defend, that the
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            Heavens are Round, and not rather as a Tent.</s>
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