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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            <s xml:space="preserve">I have now done with theſe Propoſitions
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            which are ſet down to clear the paſſage, and
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            conſirm the Suppoſitions implyed in the Opi-
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            nion; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">I ſhall in the next place proceed to a
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            more direct Treating of the chief matter in
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          <head xml:space="preserve">PROP. VI.</head>
          <head style="it" xml:space="preserve">That there is a World in the Moon, bath been
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          the direct Opinion of many Ancient, with ſome
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          Modern Mathematicians, and may probably
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          de deduc’d from the Tenents of others.</head>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">SInce this Opinion may be ſuſpected of Sin-
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            gularity, I ſhall firſt confirm it by ſuffici-
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            ent Authority oſ divers Authors, both Anci-
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            ent and Modern, that to I may the better clear
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            it from the prejudice either of an Upſtart Fan-
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            cy, or an obſelute Error. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">This is by ſome at-
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            tributed to Orpheus, one of the moſt Ancient
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            Greek Poets. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Who ſpeaking of the Moon,
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            ſays thus, τί πσλλ αςεα, πολλα μίλα ορα
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            That it hath many Mountains, and Cities, and
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            Houſes in it. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">To him aſſented Anaxagoras,
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            Democritus, and Heraclides, all who, thought
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            it to have ſirm ſolid Ground, like to our Earth,
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            containing in it many large Fields, Champion
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            Grounds, and divers Inhabitants.</s>
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            <note position="left" xlink:label="note-0064-01" xlink:href="note-0064-01a" xml:space="preserve">Plut. de
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            place. phil.
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            l. 2. c. 13.</note>
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            <note position="left" xlink:label="note-0064-03" xlink:href="note-0064-03a" xml:space="preserve">Diog.
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            Laert. l- 2.
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            & l. 9.</note>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">Of this Opinion likewiſe was Xenophanes,
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            as he is cited for it by Lactantius; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">though that
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            Father, perhaps, did miſtake his meaning
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            whilſt he relates it thus, Dixit Xenophanes, in-
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            tra concavum Lunæ eſſe aliam terram, & </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">ibi ali-
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            ud genus hominum ſimili modo vivere ſicut nos</s>
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