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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            Thus likewiſe St. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Auſtin, who cenſures that
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            Relation of the Antipodes to be an incredible
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            Fable; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">and with him agrees the Eloquent
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            Lactantius, Quid illi qui eſſe contrarios veſtigiis
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            <s xml:space="preserve">num aliquid loquuntur?
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            aut eſt quiſpiam tam ineptus qui credat eſſe homi-
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            nes, quorum veſtigia ſunt ſuperiora quâm capita?
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            <s xml:space="preserve">aut ibi quæ apud nos jacent inverſa pendere? </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">fru-
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            <s xml:space="preserve">arbores deorſum verſus creſcere, pluvias & </s>
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            nives, & </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">grandinem ſurſum verſus cadere in ter-
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            <s xml:space="preserve">miratur aliquis hortos penſiles inter ſep-
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            tem mira narrari, quum Pbiloſophi, & </s>
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            maria, & </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">urbes & </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">montes penſiles ſaciunt, &</s>
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            ‘What (ſaith he) are they that think there are
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            ‘Antipodes, ſuch as walk with their Feet
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            ‘againſt ours? </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">do they ſpeak any likelyhood? </s>
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            ‘or is there any one ſo fooliſh as to believe
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            ‘that there are Men whoſe Heels are higher
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            ‘than their Heads? </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">that things which with us
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            ‘do lye on the ground, do hang there? </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">that
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            ‘the Plants and Trees grow downwards? </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">that
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            ‘the Hail, and Rain, and Snow fall upwards
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            ‘to the Earth? </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">and do we admire the hanging
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            ‘Orchards amongſt the ſeven Wonders, where-
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            ‘as here the Philoſophers have made the Field
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            ‘and Seas, the Cities and Mountains hanging? </s>
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            What ſhall we think (ſaith he in Plutarch) that
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            Men do cling to that place like Worms, or
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            hang by the Claws as Cats? </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Or if we ſup-
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            poſe a Man a little beyond the Center to be
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            digging with a Spade; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">is it likely (as it muſt
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            be according to this Opinion) that the Earth
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            which he looſened, ſhould of it ſelf aſcend up-
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