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

< >
[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.]
< >
page |< < (181) of 370 > >|
That the Earth may be a Planet.
    <echo version="1.0RC">
      <text xml:lang="en" type="free">
        <div type="section" level="1" n="66">
          <pb o="181" file="0361" n="361" rhead="That the Earth may be a Planet."/>
        </div>
        <div type="section" level="1" n="67">
          <head style="it" xml:space="preserve">Brevem replere non valentis ambitum,
            <lb/>
          # Pudebit aucti nominis.</head>
          <p>
            <s xml:space="preserve">He that to Honour only ſeeks to mount,
              <lb/>
            # And that his chiefeſt end doth count;
              <lb/>
            </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Let him behold the largeneſs of the Skies,
              <lb/>
            # And on the ſtrait Earth caſt his Eyes; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">
              <lb/>
            He will deſpiſe the glory of his Name,
              <lb/>
            # Which cannot fill ſo ſmall a Frame.</s>
            <s xml:space="preserve"/>
          </p>
          <p>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Why ſhould any one be taken up in the
              <lb/>
            admiration of theſe lower out-ſides, theſe
              <lb/>
            earthly Glories? </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Reſpicite Cœli ſpatium, fir-
              <lb/>
              <anchor type="note" xlink:label="note-0361-01a" xlink:href="note-0361-01"/>
            mitudinem, celeritatem, & </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">aliquando deſinite
              <lb/>
            vilia mirari. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">He that rightly underſtands
              <lb/>
            the Nature of the Heavens, will ſcarce e-
              <lb/>
            ſteem any other thing worth his notice, much
              <lb/>
            leſs his wonder.</s>
            <s xml:space="preserve"/>
          </p>
          <div type="float" level="2" n="1">
            <note position="right" xlink:label="note-0361-01" xlink:href="note-0361-01a" xml:space="preserve">Idem l. 3.</note>
          </div>
          <p>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Now when we lay all this together, that
              <lb/>
            he who hath moſt in the World, hath almoſt
              <lb/>
            nothing of it; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">That the Earth it ſelf, in
              <lb/>
            compariſon to the Univerſe, is but an incon-
              <lb/>
            ſiderable Point: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">And yet that this whole
              <lb/>
            Univerſe does not bear ſo great proportion
              <lb/>
            to the Soul of Man, as the Earth does unto
              <lb/>
            that: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">I ſay, when a Man, in ſome retired
              <lb/>
            thoughts, ſhall lay all this together, it muſt
              <lb/>
            needs ſtir up his spirits to a contempt of
              <lb/>
            theſe earthly Things, and make him place
              <lb/>
            his love, and endeavour upon thoſe Com-
              <lb/>
            forts that may be more anſwerable to the
              <lb/>
            excellency of his Nature.</s>
            <s xml:space="preserve"/>
          </p>
          <p>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Without this Science, what Traffick could
              <lb/>
            we have with Forreign Nations? </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">What</s>
          </p>
        </div>
      </text>
    </echo>