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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            to this purpoſe in theſe Words. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Ex illâ ali-
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            menta omnibus animalibus, omnibus ſatis, omnibus
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            ſtellis dividuntur, hinc proſertur quo fuſtineantur
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            tot Sidera tam exercitata, tam avida per diem,
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            noctemque, ut in opere, ita in paſtu. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Speaking
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            of the Earth, he ſays, from thence it is that
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            Nouriſhment is divided to all the Living
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            Creatures, the Plants and the Stars; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">hence
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            were ſuſtain'd ſo many Conſtellations, ſo La-
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            borious, ſo Greedy, both Day and Night, as
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            well in their Feeding as Working. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Thus alſo
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            Lucan Sings,</s>
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          <head style="it" xml:space="preserve">Necnon Oceano paſci phæbumque polumq;
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          Gredimus.</head>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">Unto theſe Ptolomy alſo, that Learn'd Egyp-
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            tian, ſeem'd to agree, when he affirms that
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            the Body of the Moon is moiſter, and cooler
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            than any of the other Planets, by reaſon of
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            the Earthly Vapours that are exhaled unto it.
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            <s xml:space="preserve">You ſee theſe Ancients thought the Heavens
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            to be ſo far from this imagined Incorruptibili-
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            ty, that rather like the weakeſt Bodies they
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            ſtood in need of ſome continual Nouriſhment,
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            without which they could not ſubſiſt.</s>
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            <note position="left" xlink:label="note-0042-01" xlink:href="note-0042-01a" xml:space="preserve">@ Apoſtel.</note>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">But Ariſtotle and his Followers were ſo far
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            from this, that they thought thoſe Glorious
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            Bodies could not contain within them any ſuch
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            Principles as might make them lyable to the
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            leaſt Change or Corruption; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">and their Chief
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            Reaſon was, becauſe we could not in ſo long
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            a ſpace diſcern any alteration amongſt them;
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            <s xml:space="preserve">But to this I anſwer.</s>
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            <note position="left" xlink:label="note-0042-02" xlink:href="note-0042-02a" xml:space="preserve">De Cælo.
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            l. 1. c. 3.</note>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">1. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Suppoſing we could not, yet would it
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            not hence follow that there were none, as he</s>
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