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

< >
[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.]
< >
page |< < (59) 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="34">
          <p>
            <s xml:space="preserve">
              <pb o="59" file="0071" n="71" rhead="That the Moon may be a World."/>
            ‘ ſo with a more familiar view behold her
              <lb/>
            ‘ Condition. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">And becauſe you ſhall have no
              <lb/>
            occaſion to queſtion the Truth oſ thoſe Expe-
              <lb/>
            riments, which I ſhall afterwards urge from
              <lb/>
            it; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">I will therefore ſet down the Teſtimony
              <lb/>
            of an Enemy, and ſuch a Witneſs hath always
              <lb/>
            been accounted prevalent:</s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">you may ſee it in the
              <lb/>
            above nam’d Cæſar la Galla, whoſe Words
              <lb/>
            are theſe: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Mercureum caduceum geſtantem, cœ-
              <lb/>
              <anchor type="note" xlink:label="note-0071-01a" xlink:href="note-0071-01"/>
            leſtia nunciare, & </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">mortuorem animas ab inferis
              <lb/>
            revocare ſapiens finxit antiquitas. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Galilæum
              <lb/>
            verò novum Fovis interpretem Teleſcopio caduceo
              <lb/>
            inſtructum Sydera aperire, & </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">veterum Philoſo-
              <lb/>
            phorum manes ad ſuperosrevocare ſolere noſtra ætas
              <lb/>
            videt & </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">admiratur. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">‘Wiſe Antiquity Fabled
              <lb/>
            ‘ Mercury carrying a Rod in his hand, to relate
              <lb/>
            ‘ News from Heaven, and call back the Souls
              <lb/>
            ‘ of the Dead; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">but it hath been the happineſs
              <lb/>
            ‘ of our Induſtrious Age to ſee and admire Ga-
              <lb/>
            ‘ lilæus, the new Embaſſador of the Gods, fur-
              <lb/>
            ‘ niſhed with his Perſpective to unfold the Na-
              <lb/>
            ‘ ture oſ the Stars, and awaken the Ghoſts of
              <lb/>
            ‘ the Ancient Philoſophers. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">So worthily and
              <lb/>
            highly did theſe Men eſteem of this excel-
              <lb/>
            lent Invention.</s>
            <s xml:space="preserve"/>
          </p>
          <div type="float" level="2" n="7">
            <note position="left" xlink:label="note-0070-01" xlink:href="note-0070-01a" xml:space="preserve">De macula
              <lb/>
            in ſole obſer.</note>
            <note position="right" xlink:label="note-0071-01" xlink:href="note-0071-01a" xml:space="preserve">De phœ-
              <lb/>
            nom. cap. 1.</note>
          </div>
          <p>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Now, if you would know what might be
              <lb/>
            done by this Glaſs, in the ſight of ſuch things as
              <lb/>
            were nearer to hand, the ſame Author will
              <lb/>
            tell you, when he ſays, that by it thoſe things
              <lb/>
            which could ſcarce at all be diſcern’d by the
              <lb/>
              <anchor type="note" xlink:label="note-0071-02a" xlink:href="note-0071-02"/>
            Eye, at the diſtance of a Mile and a half, might
              <lb/>
            plainly and diſtinctly be perceiv’d for 16 Italian
              <lb/>
            Miles, and that as they were really in them-
              <lb/>
            ſelves, without any Tranſpoſition or falſifying
              <lb/>
            at all. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">So that what the Ancient Poets were</s>
          </p>
        </div>
      </text>
    </echo>