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.
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            ſtians alſo were in this kind guilty, which made
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            Ambroſe ſo tartly to rebuke thoſe of his time,
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            when he ſaid, Tum turbatur carminibus Globus
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            Lunæ, quando calicibus turbantur & </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">oculi.
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            <s xml:space="preserve">‘When your Heads are troubled with Cups,
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            ‘then you think the Moon to be troubled with
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            ‘Charms.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">And for this reaſon alſo did Maximus a Biſh-
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            op, write a Homily againſt it, wherein he ſhew-
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            ed the abſurdity of that fooliſh Superſtition. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">I
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            remember that Ludovicus Vives relates a more
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            ridiculous ſtory of a People that impriſoned
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            an Aſs for drinking up the Moon, whoſe
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            Image appearing in the Water, was covered
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            with a Cloud as the Aſs was drinking, for
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            which the poor Beaſt was afterwards brought
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            to the Bar to receive a Sentence according to
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            his deſerts, where the grave Senate being ſet
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            to examin the matter, one of the Council (per-
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            haps wiſer than the reſt) riſes up, and out of
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            his deep judgement, thinks it not fit that their
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            Town ſhould loſe its Moon, but that rather
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            the Aſs ſhould be cut up, and that taken out
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            of him; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">which ſentence being approved by
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            the reſt of thoſe Politicians, as the ſubtileſt
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            way for the concluſion of the matter, was ac-
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            cordingly performed. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">But whether this Tale
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            were true or no, I will not queſtion; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">howe-
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            ver, there is abſurdity enough in that former
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            Cuſtom of the Ancients, that may confirm
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            the Truth to be proved, and plainly declare
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            the inſufficiency of common opinion to add
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            true Worth or Eſtimation unto any thing. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">So
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            that from that which I have ſaid, may be ga-
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            thered thus much.</s>
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            <note position="left" xlink:label="note-0022-01" xlink:href="note-0022-01a" xml:space="preserve">Turinenſ.
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            Epiſc.</note>
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