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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[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.]
[41. PROP. XII.]
[42. PROP. XIII.]
[43. PROP. XIV.]
[44. FINIS.]
[45. A DISCOURSE Concerning a Rem Planet. Tending to prove That ’tis probable our EARTH is one of the PLANETS. The Second Book. By John Wilkins, late L. Biſhop of Cheſter.]
[46. LONDON: Printed by J. D. for John Gellibrand, at the Golden Ball in St. Paul’s Church-Yard. M.DC.LXXXIV.]
[47. To the Reader.]
[48. PROP. I.]
[49. PROP. II.]
[50. PROP. III.]
[51. PROP. IV.]
[52. PROP. V.]
[53. PROP. VI.]
[54. PROP. VII. PROP. VIII. PROP. IX. PROP. X.]
[55. That the EARTH May be a PLANET. PROP. I.]
[56. PROP. II.]
[57. PROP. III.]
[58. PROP. IV.]
[59. PROP. V. That the Scripture, in its proper conſtru-ction, does not any where affirm the Immobility of the Earth.]
[60. PROP. VI. That there is not any Argument from the Words of Scripture, Principles of Na-ture, or Obſervations in Aſtronomy, which can ſuſſiciently evidence the Earth to be in the Gentre of the Uni-verſe.]
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That the Moon may be a World.
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            later Chapter did unwittingly agree with it) there is de-
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            liver’d a pleaſant and well contriv’d Fancy concerning a
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            Voyage to this other World.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">He ſuppoſeth that there is a natural and uſual paſſage
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            for many creatures betwixt our Earth and this Planet. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Thus
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            he ſays; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">thoſe great multitudes of Locuſts wherewith
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            divers Countries have been deſtroyed, do proceed from
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            thence. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">And if we peruſe the Authors who treat of them,
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            we ſhall find that many times they fly in numberleſs
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            Troops, or Swarms, and for ſundry days together before
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            they fall, are ſeen over thoſe places in great high Clouds,
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            fuch as coming nearer, are of extenſion enough to obſcure
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            the day, and hinder the light of the Sun. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">From which,
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            together with divers other ſuch Relations, he concludes, that
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            ’tis not altogether improbable, they ſhould proceed from
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            the Moon. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Thus likewiſe he ſuppoſes the Swallows,
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            Cuckoes, Nightingales, with divers other Fowl, which are
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            with us only half a year, to fly up thither, when they go
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            from us. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Amongſt which kind, there is a wild Swan in
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            the Eaſt Indies, which at certain Seaſons of the year do
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            conſtantly take their flight thither. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Now this Bird being
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            of a great Strength, able to continue for a long Flight;
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            <s xml:space="preserve">as alſo going uſually in Flocks, like our Wild Geeſe; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">he
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            ſuppoſeth that many of them together, might be thought
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            to carry the weight of a Man; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">eſpecially, if an Engine
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            were ſo contriv’d (as he thinks it might) that each of them
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            ſhould bear an equal ſhare in the burden. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">So that by this
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            means, ’tis eaſily conceivable, how once a year a man might
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            finiſh ſuch Voyage; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">going along with theſe Birds at the
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            beginning of Winter, and again returning with them at
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            the Spring.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">And here, one that had a ſtrong Fancy, were better able
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            to ſet forth the great benefit and Pleaſure to be had by ſuch
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            a Journey. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">And that whether you conſider the ſtrangeneſs
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            of the Perſons, Language, Art, Policy, Religion of thoſe
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            Inhabitants, together with the new Traffick that might be
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            brought thence, In brief, do but conſider the pleaſure
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            and profit of thoſe later Diſcoveries in America, and we
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            muſt needs conclude this to be inconceiveably beyond it.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">But ſuch Imaginations as theſc, I ſhall leave to the Fancy
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            <s xml:space="preserve">----------- Sic itur ad aſtra.
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            <s xml:space="preserve">Reptet humi quicunque velit -------------</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">Cœlo reſtat iter, cœlo tentabimus ire.</s>
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          <head xml:space="preserve">FINIS.</head>
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