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.]
[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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            he is near to the Moon? </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">or why cannot her
            greater Brightneſs make him appear White as
            the other Planets? </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">nor can there be any reaſon
            given why that greater Light would repreſent
            her Body under a falſe Colour.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">2. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">’Tis not ſuch a duskiſh leaden light as we
            ſee in the darker part of her Body, when ſhe
            is about a Sextile Aſpect diſtant from the Sun,
            for then why does ſhe appear red in the Eclip-
            ſes, ſince meer ſhade cannot cauſe ſuch Variety?
            <s xml:space="preserve">for ’tis the nature of Darkneſs by its Oppoſiti-
            on, rather to make things appear of a more
            White and clear Brightneſs than they are in
            themſelves; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Or if it be the ſhade, yet thoſe
            parts of the Moon are then in the ſhade of her
            Body, and therefore in Reaſon ſhould have the
            like Redneſs. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Since then neither of theſe
            Lights are hers, it follows that ſhe hath none
            of her own. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Nor is this a ſingular Opinion,
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            but it hath had many Learned Patrons; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">ſuch
            as Macrobius, who being for this Quoted of
            Rhodiginus, he calls him vir reconditiſſimœ ſci-
            entiœ, a Man who knew more than ordinary
            Philoſophers, thus commending the Opinion
            in Credit of the Author. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">To him aſſents the
            Venerable Bede, upon whom the Gloſs hath
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            this Compariſon. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">As the Looking Glaſs re-
            preſents not any Image within it ſelf unleſs it
            receive ſome from without; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">ſo the Moon hath
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            not any Lighr but what is beſtowed by the
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            Sun. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">To theſe agr@ed
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            Albertus Magnus,
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            Mœſtin, Keplar, and more
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            Malapertius, whoſe Words aremore pat to the purpoſe than others, and there-
            fore I ſhall ſet them down as you may find them</s>