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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            <s xml:space="preserve">2. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Groſs abſurdities have been entertain’d
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            by general Opinion.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">I ſhall give an Inſtance of each, that ſo I
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            may the better prepare the Reader to conſider
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            things without a Prejudice, when he ſhall ſee
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            that the common Oppoſition againſt this which
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            I affirm, cannot any way derogate from its
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            Truth.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">1. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Other Truths have been formerly accoun-
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            ted as ridiculous as this. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">I ſhall ſpecifie that
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            of the Antipodes, which have been denyed,
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            and laught at by many wiſe Men and great
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            Scholars, ſuch as were Herodotus, Chryſoſtom,
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            Auſtin, Lactantius, the Venerable Bede, Lucre-
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            tius the Poet, Procopius, and the Voluminous
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            Abulenſis, together with all thoſe Fathers or
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            other Authors who denyed the roundneſs of
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            the Heavens. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Herodotus counted it ſo horri-
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            ble abſurdity, that he could not forbear laugh-
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            ing to think of it. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Γελῶ δρῶο γῆς {πρι}ύδ(ου}ς γ{ρἀ} ψαν-
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            τας, {πο}λλ{οὺ}ς ἤδη {καὶ} {οὐ} δένα νόον ἔ{χο}ντας {ὀξ}ηγ{οα} {μέν}ον ὂι
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            ’Ωκεαοόντε ρεόντα γ{ρά} Φ{ου}σι, πέ{ρι}ξ τ{ὴν} τε γ{ὴν} ἐ{οῦ}οαν
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            κυκλοτ ερέα ὤς \’δπὸ τόρν{ου}. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">‘I cannot chooſe but laugh
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            ‘(ſaith he) to ſee ſo many Men venture to de-
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            ‘ſcribe the Earths Compaſs, relating thoſe
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            ‘things that are without Senſe, as that the Sea
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            ‘flows about the World, and that the Earth it
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            ‘ſelf is as round as an Orb. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">But this great Ig-
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            norance is not ſo much to be admired in him,
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            as in thoſe Learneder Men of later times, when
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            all Sciences began to flouriſh in the World.
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            <s xml:space="preserve">Such were St. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Chryſoſtome, who in his 14 Ho-
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            mily upon the Hebrews, doth make a challenge
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            to any Man that ſhall dare to defend, that the
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            Heavens are Round, and not rather as a Tent.</s>
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