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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            <s xml:space="preserve">And thoſe Wizzards knowing the times of her
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            Eclipſes, would then threaten to ſhew their
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            Skill, by pulling her out of her Orb. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">So that
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            when the ſilly Multitude ſaw that ſhe began to
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            look red, they preſently feared they ſhould
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            loſe the benefit of her Light, and therefore
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            made a great noiſe that ſhe might not hear the
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            ſound of thoſe Charms, which would other-
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            wiſe bring her down; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">and this is rendred for a
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            reaſon of this cuſtom by Pliny and Propertius:</s>
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          <note position="right" xml:space="preserve">Nat. Hiſt.
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          Lib. 2. c. 12</note>
          <head style="it" xml:space="preserve">Cantus & ſi curru lunam deducere tentant,
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          Et facerent, ſi non æra repulſa ſonant.</head>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">Plutarch gives another reaſon of it, and he
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            ſays, ’tis becauſe they would haſten the Moon
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            out of the dark ſhade wherein ſhe was involv’d,
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            that ſo ſhe might bring away the Souls of thoſe
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            Saints that inhabit within her, which cry out
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            by reaſon they are then deprivd of their won-
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            ted Happineſs, and cannot hear the Muſick
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            of the Spheres, but are forced to behold the
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            torments and wailing of thoſe damned Souls
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            which are repreſented to them as they are
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            tortur’d in the Region of the Air. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">But whether
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            this or whatever elſe was the meaning of this
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            Superſtition, yet certainly ’twas a very ridi-
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            culous cuſtom, and bewrayed a great ignorance
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            of thoſe ancient times; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">eſpecially ſince it was
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            not only received by the vulgar, ſuch as were
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            Men of leſs Note and Learning, but believed
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            alſo by the more Famous and Wiſer ſort, ſuch
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            as were thoſe great Poets, Steſichorus and Pir-
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            dar. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">And not only amongſt the more ſottiſh
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            Heathens, who might account that Planet to
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            be one of their Gods; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">but the Primitive Chri-</s>
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