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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            cording to this Opinion, the ſpots would not
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            always be the ſame, but divers, as the vari-
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            ous diſtance of the Sun requires. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Again, if
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            the Sun Beams did paſs through Her, why
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            then hath ſhe not a Tail (ſaith Scaliger) as the
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            Comets? </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">why doth ſhe appear in ſuch an ex-
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            act Round? </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">and not rather Attended with a
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            long Flame, ſince it is meerly this Penetration
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            of the Sun Beams, that is uſually Attributed
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            to be the Cauſe of Beards in Blaſing Stars.</s>
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            <note position="right" xlink:label="note-0053-01" xlink:href="note-0053-01a" xml:space="preserve">Scaliger
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            Exer cit. 80.
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            ſect. 18.</note>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">3. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">It is Opacous, not Tranſparent or Dia-
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            phanous, like Chryſtal or Glaſs, as Empedo-
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            cles thought, who held the Moon to be a
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            Globe of pure Congeal'd Air, like Hail inclo-
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            ſed in a Sphere of Fire; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">for then,</s>
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            <note position="right" xlink:label="note-0053-02" xlink:href="note-0053-02a" xml:space="preserve">3</note>
            <note position="right" xlink:label="note-0053-03" xlink:href="note-0053-03a" xml:space="preserve">Plut. de fæ-
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            cie Lunæ.</note>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">1. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Why does ſhe not always appear in the
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            Full? </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">ſince the Light is Diſperſed through all
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            her Body.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">2. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">How can the Interpoſition of her
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            Body ſo Darken the Sun, or cauſe ſuch great
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            Eclipſes as have turned Day into Night, that
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            have diſcover'd the Stars, and Frighted the
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            Birds with ſuch a ſudden Darkneſs, that they
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            fell down upon the Earth, as is related in di-
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            vers Hiſtories. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">And thereſore Herodotus tel-
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            ling of anEclipſe which fell in Xerxes's time, de-
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            ſcribesitthus, ὸ ἥλι {ος} ἐκλιπῶ, τὴυ {ἐ
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            κ}τ{οῦ} {οὐ}ραν{οῦ} ὲδρην
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            ἀφανὴς {ἦν}. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">The Sun leaving its wonted Seat in
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            the Heavens, Vaniſhed away ; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">all which argues
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            ſuch a great Darkneſs, as could not have been,
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            if her Body had been Perſpicuous. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Yetſome
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            there are who Interpret all theſe Relations to
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            be Hyberbolical Expreſſions; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">and the Noble
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            Tycho thinks it naturally impoſſible that any
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            Eclipſe ſhould cauſe ſuch Darkneſs; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">becauſe</s>
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