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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[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.]
[61. PROP. VII. Tis probable that the Sun is in the Gentre of the World.]
[62. PROP. VIII. That there is not any ſufficient reaſon to prove the Earth incapable of thoſe mo-tions which Copernicus aſcribes un-to it.]
[63. Provebimur portu, terræque, verbeſq; recedunt.]
[64. PROP. IX. That it is more probable the Earth does move, than the Sun or Heavens.]
[65. PROP. X. That this Hypotheſis is exactly agreeable to common appearances.]
[66. Quicunq; ſolam mente præcipiti petit]
[67. Brevem replere non valentis ambitum, # Pudebit aucti nominis.]
[68. FINIS.]
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That the Moon may be a World.
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            <s xml:space="preserve">The Prieſt of Saturn relating to Plutarch
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            (as he feigns it) the nature of theſe Selenites,
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            told him, they were of divers diſpoſitions,
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            ſome deſiring to live in the lower parts of the
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            Moon, where they might look downwards
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            upon us, while others were more ſurely moun-
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            ted aloft, all of them ſhining like the Rays of
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            the Sun, and as being Victorious, are Crow-
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            ned with Garlands made with the Wings of
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            Euſtathia or Gonſtancie.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">It hath been the Opinion amongſt ſome of
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            the Ancients, that their Heavens and Elyſian
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            Fields were in the Moon where the Air is moſt
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            quiet and pure. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Thus Socrates, thus Plato, with
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            his Followers, did eſteem this to be the place
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            where thoſe purer Souls inhabit, who are
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            freed from the Sepulcher, and Contagion of
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            the Body: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">And by the Fable of Geres, con-
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            tinually wandring in ſearch of her Daughter
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            Proſerpina, is meant nothing elſe but the long-
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            ing deſire of Men, who live upon Geres Earth,
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            to attain a place in Proſerpina, the Moon Hea-
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            ven.</s>
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            l. 3. c. 19</note>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">Plutarch alſo ſeems to aſſent unto this; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">but
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            he thinks moreover, that there are two places
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            of happineſs anſwerable to thoſe two parts
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            which he fancies to remain of a Man when he
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            is Dead, the Soul and the Underſtanding; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">the
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            Soul he thinks is made of the Moon; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">and as
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            our Bodies do ſo proceed from the Duſt of this
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            Earth, that they ſhall return to it hereafter;
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            </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">ſo our Souls were generated out of that Pla-
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            net, and ſhall be reſolved into it again; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">where-
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            as the underſtanding ſhall aſcend unto the Sun,
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            out of which it was made, where it ſhall poſ-</s>
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