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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[1. None]
[2. Ex Libris James S. Dearden Rampside]
[3. A DISCOVERY OF A New , OR,]
[4. In Two Parts.]
[5. The Fifth Edition Corrected and Amended. LONDON,]
[6. The Epiſtle to the READER.]
[7. The Propoſitions that are proved in this Diſcourſe. PROPOSITION I.]
[8. PROP. II.]
[9. PROP. III.]
[10. PROP. IV.]
[11. PROP. V.]
[12. PROP. VI.]
[13. PROP. VII.]
[14. PROP. VIII.]
[15. PROP. IX.]
[16. PROP. X.]
[17. PROP. XI.]
[18. PROP. XII.]
[19. PROP. XIII.]
[20. PROP. XIV.]
[21. The Firſt Book. That the MOON May be a WORLD. The Firſt Propoſition, by way of Preface.]
[22. Sed vanus ſtolidis hæc omnia finxerit Error.]
[23. Solis lunæq; labores.]
[24. Cum fruſtra reſonant æra auxiliaria Lunæ.]
[25. Una laboranti poterit ſuccerrere Lunæ.]
[26. Gantus & è cælo poſſunt deducere Lunam.]
[27. Cantus & ſi curru lunam deducere tentant, Et facerent, ſi non æra repulſa ſonant.]
[28. PROP. II. That a Plurality of Worlds doth not contradict any Principle of Reaſon or Faith.]
[29. Æſtuas infelix auguſto limite mundi.]
[30. PROP. III. That the Heavens do not conſiſt of any ſuch pure Matter, which can priviledge them from the like Change and Corruption, as theſe Inferiour, Bodies are liable unto.]
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That the Moon may be a World.
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            appeared as dull and ruddy almoſt as the Moon
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            in her Eclipſes; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">in ſo much that the Stars have
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            been ſeen at Mid-day. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Nay, he hath been
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            conſtantly darkned for almoſt a whole Year,
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            and never ſhined, but with a kind of heavy and
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            duskiſh Light, ſo that there was ſcarce heat
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            enough to Ripen the Fruits. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">As it was about
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            the time when Gæſar was kill'd. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Which was
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            recorded by ſome of the Poets. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Thus Virgil,
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            ſpeaking of the Sun.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">Ille etiam extincto miſeratus Gæſare Romam.
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            <s xml:space="preserve">Gum caput obſcurâ nitidum ferrugine texit,
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            Impiaque æternam timuerunt ſæcula noctem. </s>
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            He pitying Rome, when as great Cæſar dy'd,
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            His Head within a mourning-vail did hide; </s>
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            And thus the wicked guilty World did fright
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            With doubtful Fears of an Eternal Night. </s>
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            Ovid ſpeaking likewife of his Death,
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            --Solis quoque triſtis Imago
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            Lurida ſollicitis præbebat lumina terris. </s>
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            --The Suns ſad Image then
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            Did yield a lowring light to fearful Men.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">Now theſe appearances could not ariſe from
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            any lower Vapour. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">For then 1. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">They would
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            not have been ſo univerſal as they were, being
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            ſeen through all Europe; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">or elſe 2. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">That Va-
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            pour muſt have cover'd the Stars as well as the
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            Sun, which yet notwitſtanding were plainly
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            diſcern'd in the day time. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">You may ſee this
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            Argument illuſtrated in another the like caſe,
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            Chap. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">12. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Hence then it will follow, that
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            this Fuliginous matter, which did thus obſcure
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            the Sun, muſt needs be very near his Body;
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            <s xml:space="preserve">and if ſo, then, what can we more probably
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            gueſs it to be, then Evaporations from it?</s>
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