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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            Eclipſe, relates, that at ſuch time it was a
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            cuſtom amongſt the Romans (the moſt civil and
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            Learned People of the World) to ſound Braſs
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            Inſtruments, and hold great Torches toward
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            the Heaven. </s>
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            χαλκ{οῦ} τε τατό γι; </s>
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            πολλὰ δαλοῖς {καὶ} δαοτ
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            <s xml:space="preserve">For
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            by this means they ſuppoſed the Moon was
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            much eaſed in her Labours, and therefore
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            Ovid calls ſuch loud Inſtruments the Auxilia-
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            ries or helps of the Moon.</s>
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            Paul. Æ-
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          <note position="left" xml:space="preserve">Metam.
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          Lib. 4.</note>
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            loud Scold, ſays, ſhe was able to make noiſe
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            enough to deliver the labouring Moon.</s>
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          <head style="it" xml:space="preserve">Una laboranti poterit ſuccerrere Lunæ.</head>
          <note position="left" xml:space="preserve">Juven.
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          Sat. 6.</note>
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            was, becauſe they feared the World would
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            fall aſleep, when one of its Eyes began to
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            wink, and therefore they would do what they
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            could by loud Sounds to rouſe it from its drow-
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            ſineſs, and keep it awake, by bright Torches,
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            to beſtow that Light upon it which it began to
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            lofe.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">Some of them thought hereby to keep the
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            Moon in her Orb, whereas other wiſe ſhe would
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            have fallen down upon the Earth, and the
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            World would have loſt one of its Lights; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">for
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            the credulous People believed, that Inchanters
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            and Witches could bring the Moon down,
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            which made Virgil ſay,</s>
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