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 Moon may be a World.
Earth, in the Writings of Gopernicus and his
Followers, unto whom, for Brevities ſake, I
will refer them.

PROP. IX.

That there are high Mountains, deep Vallies, and
ſpacious Plains in the Body of the Moon.

THough there are ſome, who think Moun-
tains to be a deformity to the Earth, as
if they were either beat up by the Floud, or
elſe caſt up like ſo many Heaps of Rubbiſh
left at the Creation;
yet if well confider’d,
they will be found as much to conduce to the
Beauty and Conveniency of the Univerſe, as
any of the other parts.
Nature (ſaith Pliny)
purpoſely framed them for many excellent uſes:
partly to tame the Violence of greater Rivers,
to ſtrengthen certain Joynts within the Veins
and Bowels of the Earth, to break the Force
of the Seas Inundation, and for the ſafety of
the Earths Inhabitants, whether Beaſts or Men.

That they make much for the Protection of
Beaſts, the Pſalmiſt teſtifies, The high Hills
Pſal. 104.
v. 18.
are a refuge for the wild Goats, and the Recks for
the Gonies.
The Kingly Prophet had likewiſe
learned the ſafety of theſe by his own Experi-
ence, when he alſo was fain to make a Moun-
tain his Refuge from the Fury of his Maſter
Saul, who perſecuted him in the Wilderneſs.
True indeed, ſuch places as theſe keep their
Neighbours poor, as being moſt barren, but
yet they preſerve them ſafe, as being moſt
ſtrong;
witneſs our unconquered Wales and

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