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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[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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            Nor may we think that the Earth's Shadow
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            can Cloud the proper Light of the Moon from
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            Appearing, or take away any thing from her
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            Inherent Brightneſs; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">for this were to think a
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            Shadow to be a Body, an Opinion altogether
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            misbecoming a Philoſopher, as Tycho grants
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            in the fore-cited place, Nec umbra terrœ corpo-
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            reum quid eſt, aut denſa aliqua ſubſtantia, ut Lu-
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            nœ lumen obtenebrare poſſit, atque id viſui noſtro
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            prœripere, ſed eſt quœdam privatio luminis ſola-
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            ris, ob interpoſitum opacum corpus terrœ. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Nor
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            is the Earth's ſhadow any Corporal thing,
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            or thick ſubſtance, that it can Cloud the
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            Moons Brightneſs, or take it away from our
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            Sight; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">but it is a meer privation of the Suns
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            Light by reaſon of her Interpoſition of the
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            Earth's Opacous Body.</s>
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            Co
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            mment.
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            in Purb.
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            Tbeor. pag.
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            164.</note>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">3 If ſhe had any Light of her own, then
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            that would in it ſelf be either ſuch a ruddy
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            Brightneſs as appears in the Eclipſes, or elſe
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            ſuch a Leaden Duskiſh Light as we ſee in the
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            Darker parts of her Body, when ſhe is a little
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            paſt the Conjunction. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">(That it muſt be one
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            of theſe, may follow from the Oppoſite Ar-
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            guments) but it is neither of theſe; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">therefore
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            ſhe hath none of her own.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">1. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">’Tis not ſuch a ruddy Light as appears in
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            Eclipſes; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">for then why can we not ſee the
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            like redneſs, when we may diſcern the Ob-
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            ſcure parts of the Moon?</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">You will ſay, perhaps, that then the near-
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            neſs of that greater Light takes away that Ap-
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            pearance.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">I Reply, this cannot be; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">for then why does
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            Mars ſhine with his wonted Redneſs, when</s>
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