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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[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.
[31.] Necnon Oceano paſci phæbumque polumq; Gredimus.
[32.] PROP. IV. That the Moon is a Solid, Compacted, Opacous Body.
[33.] PROP. V. That the Moon hath not any Light of her own.
[34.] PROP. VI. That there is a World in the Moon, bath been the direct Opinion of many Ancient, with ſome Modern Mathematicians, and may probably de deduc’d from the Tenents of others.
[35.] PROP. VII. That thoſe Spots and brighter parts, which by our ſight may be diſtinguiſhed in the Moon, do ſhew the difference betwixt the Sea and Land, in that other World.
[36.] PROP. VIII. The Spots repeſent the Sea, and the brighter parts the Land.
[37.] PROP. IX. That there are high Mountains, deep Vallies, and ſpacious Plains in the Body of the Moon.
[38.] PROP. X. That there is an Atmo-ſphæra, or an Orb of groſs, Vaporous Air, immediately encompaſſing the body of the Moon.
[39.] PROP. XI. That as their World is our Moon, ſo our World is their Moon.
[40.] Provehimur portu, terræque urbeſque recedunt.
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208That the Moon may be a World. Eclipſe, relates, that at ſuch time it was a
cuſtom amongſt the Romans (the moſt civil and
Learned People of the World) to ſound Braſs
Inſtruments, and hold great Torches toward
the Heaven.
Τῶν δε Ρωμαίων (ὤσπερ {ἐστὶ}ν ἐνομισ {μέν}ον)
χαλκ{οῦ} τε τατό γι;
ὰνακαλ{ου} μένων τοφῶς ἀυτῆς {καὶ} πυ{ρὰ}
11In vita
Paul. Æ-
πολλὰ δαλοῖς {καὶ} δαοτίν ἀνε{χό}ντων πρός {οὐ}ῥοανον.
by this means they ſuppoſed the Moon was
much eaſed in her Labours, and therefore
Ovid calls ſuch loud Inſtruments the Auxilia-
ries or helps of the Moon.
Cum fruſtra reſonant æra auxiliaria Lunæ.
Lib. 4.
And therefore the Satyriſt too, deſcribing a
loud Scold, ſays, ſhe was able to make noiſe
enough to deliver the labouring Moon.
Una laboranti poterit ſuccerrere Lunæ.
Sat. 6.
Now the reaſon of all this their Ceremony,
was, becauſe they feared the World would
fall aſleep, when one of its Eyes began to
wink, and therefore they would do what they
could by loud Sounds to rouſe it from its drow-
ſineſs, and keep it awake, by bright Torches,
to beſtow that Light upon it which it began to
Some of them thought hereby to keep the
Moon in her Orb, whereas other wiſe ſhe would
have fallen down upon the Earth, and the
World would have loſt one of its Lights;
the credulous People believed, that Inchanters
and Witches could bring the Moon down,
which made Virgil ſay,
Gantus & è cælo poſſunt deducere Lunam.

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