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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That the Earth may be a Planet.
quod inter tot gentes ferro & igni dividitur.
Sen. Nat.
Quæſt. l. 1.
Nonne &
terrena a-
nimalia
conſider a-
tis, quibus
præſidere
videami-
ni ? Nam
ſi inter
mures vi-
deres u-
num ali-
quem, jus
ſibi ac po-
teſtatem
præ cæteris
vindican-
tem, quan-
to movere-
ris cha-
chinno,
&c.
Boëius de
Conſol.l.2.
’Tis but a little Point, which with ſo much
ado is diſtributed unto ſo many Nations
by Fire and Sword.
What great matter is
it to be a Monarch of a ſmall part of a Point?
Might not the Ants as well divide a little
Mole-hill into divers Provinces, and keep as
great a ſtir in diſpoſing of their Govern-
ment?
Punctum eſt illud in quo Navigatis, in
quo Bellatis, in quo Regna diſponitis.
All this
place wherein we War, and Travel, and
diſpoſe of Kingdoms, is but a Point far leſs
than any of thoſe ſmall Stars, that at this
diſtance are ſcarce diſcernable.
Which when
the Soul does ſeriouſly meditate upon, it
will begin to deſpiſe the narrowneſs of its
preſent Habitation, and think of providing
for it ſelf a Manſion in thoſe wider Spaces
above, ſuch as may be more agreeable to the
Nobleneſs and Divinity of its Nature.
Why ſhould any one dream of propaga-
ting his Name, or ſpreading his Report
through the World?
when as though he had
more Glory than Ambition can hope for;
yet as long as all this habitable Earth is but
an inconſiderable Point, what great matter
can there be in that Fame which is included
within ſuch ſtrait contracted Limits?

Quicunq; ſolam mente præcipiti petit

Boëtius
Ibid.
Summumq; credit gloriam,Late patentes ætheris cernat plagas,Arctumq; terrarum ſitum.

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