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

Table of contents

< >
[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.]
< >
page |< < (63) of 370 > >|
That the Moon may be a World.
    <echo version="1.0RC">
      <text xml:lang="en" type="free">
        <div type="section" level="1" n="35">
          <p>
            <s xml:space="preserve">
              <pb o="63" file="0075" n="75" rhead="That the Moon may be a World."/>
            be conveyed ſo far, as there to be repreſented
              <lb/>
            unto us, at ſuch a diſtance. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">But ’tis common-
              <lb/>
            ly related of Pythagor as, that he by writing
              <lb/>
            what he pleas'd in a Glaſs, by the reflexion of
              <lb/>
            the ſame Species, would make thoſe Letters to
              <lb/>
            appear in the Circle of the Moon, where they
              <lb/>
            ſhould be Legible by any other, who might
              <lb/>
            at that time be ſome Miles diſtant from him.
              <lb/>
            </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">
              <anchor type="note" xlink:href="" symbol="(a)"/>
            . </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Agrippa affirms this to be poſſible, and
              <anchor type="note" xlink:label="note-0075-01a" xlink:href="note-0075-01"/>
            the way of performing it not unknown to him-
              <lb/>
            ſelf, with ſome others in his time. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">It may be
              <lb/>
            that Biſhop Goodwine did by the like means
              <lb/>
            perform thoſe ſtrange Concluſions, which he
              <lb/>
            profeſſes in his Nuncius inanimatus, where he
              <lb/>
            pretends, that he can inform his Friends of
              <lb/>
            what he pleaſes, though they be an hundred
              <lb/>
            Miles diſtant, forte etiam, vel milliare milleſi-
              <lb/>
            mum, (they are his own Words) and perhaps
              <lb/>
            a Thouſand, and all this in a little ſpace, quick-
              <lb/>
            er than the Sun can move.</s>
            <s xml:space="preserve"/>
          </p>
          <div type="float" level="2" n="2">
            <note position="left" xlink:label="note-0074-02" xlink:href="note-0074-02a" xml:space="preserve">De ſubtil.
              <lb/>
            lib. 3.</note>
            <note symbol="a" position="right" xlink:label="note-0075-01" xlink:href="note-0075-01a" xml:space="preserve">Occulta.
              <lb/>
            Philoſ. l. I.
              <lb/>
            cap. 6.</note>
          </div>
          <p>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Now, what conveyance there ſhould be, for
              <lb/>
            ſo ſpeedy a paſſage, I cannot conceive, unleſs
              <lb/>
            it be carried with the light, than which we
              <lb/>
            know not any thing quicker; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">But of this only
              <lb/>
            by the way; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">however, whether thoſe Ima-
              <lb/>
            ges can be repreſented ſo or not, yet certain it
              <lb/>
            is, thoſe ſpots are not ſuch Repreſentations.
              <lb/>
            </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Some think, that when God had at firſt Crea. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">
              <lb/>
            ted too much Earth, to make a perfect Globe,
              <lb/>
            not knowing well where to beſtow the reſt, he
              <lb/>
            placed it in the Moon, which ever ſince hath
              <lb/>
            ſo darkned it in ſome parts; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">but the impiety
              <lb/>
            of this is ſufficient confutation, ſince it ſo much
              <lb/>
            detracts from the Divine Power and Wiſ-
              <lb/>
            dom.</s>
            <s xml:space="preserve"/>
          </p>
        </div>
      </text>
    </echo>