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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            ever look for any Evident or more Probable
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            Diſcoveries in this kind. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">unleſs there be ſome
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            hopes of Inventing means for our Conveyance
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            thither. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">The Poſſibility of which, ſhall be the
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            Subject of our Enquiry in this laſt Propoſition.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">And, if we do but Conſider by what Steps
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            and Leaſure, all Arts do uſually riſe to their
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            Growth, we ſhall have no cauſe to Doubt why
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            this alſo may not hereafter be found out
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            amongſt other Secrets. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">It hath Conſtantly yet
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            been the Method of Providence, not preſent-
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            ly to ſhew us all, but to Lead us on by De-
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            grees, from the Knowledg of one thing to an-
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            other.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">’T was a great While, ere the Planets were
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            Diſtinguſhed from the fixed Stars, and ſome
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            time after that, ere the Morning and Evening
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            Star were Found to be the ſame. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">And in greater
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            ſpace (I doubt not) but this alſo, and other as
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            Excellent Myſteries will be Diſcovered. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Time,
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            who hath always been the Father of new
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            Truths, and hath revealed unto us many things,
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            which our Anceſtors were Ignorant of, will
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            alſo Manifeſt to our Poſterity, that which we
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            now deſire, but cannot know. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Veniet tempus
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            (ſaith Seneca) quo iſt a quæ nunc latent, in lucem
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            dies extrahet, & </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">longioris ævi diligentia. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Time
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            will come, when the Indeavours of after Ages,
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            ſhall bring ſuch things to Light as now lie hid
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            in Obſcurity. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Arts are not yet come to their
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            Solſtice. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">But the Induſtry of Future Times,
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            Aſſiſted with the Labours of their Fore-Fa-
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            thers, may reach that Height which we could
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            not Attain to. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Veniet tempus quo poſteri noſlri
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            nos tam aperta neſciſſe mirentur. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">As we now</s>
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