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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            thicker parts appearing in her, do ſhew the
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            difference betwixt the Sea and Land in that
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            other World? </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">and Galilæus doubts not, but
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            that if our Earth were viſible at the ſame di-
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            ſtance, there would be the like appearance of it.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">If we conſider the Moon as another habi-
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            table Earth, then the appearances of it will
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            be altogether exact, and beautiful, and may
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            argue unto that, it is fully accompliſhed for
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            all thoſe ends to which Providence did appoint
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            it. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">But conſider it barely as a Star or Light,
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            and then there will appear in it much imper-
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            fection and deformity, as being of an impure
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            dark ſubſtance, and ſo unfit for the Office of
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            that Nature.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">As for the Form of thoſe Spots, ſome of
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            the Vulgar think, they repreſent a Man, and
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            the Poetsgueſs, ’tis the Boy Endymion, whoſe
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            Company ſhe Loves ſo well, that ſhe carries
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            him with her; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">others will have it only to be
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            the Face of a Man, as the Moon is uſually pi-
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            ctured; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">but Albertus thinks rather, that it re-
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            preſents a Lyon, with his Tail towards the
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            Eaſt, and his Head the Weſt, and ſome others
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            have thought it to be very much like a Fox,and certainly, ’tis as much like a Lyon, as that
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            in the Zodiake, or as Urſa major is like a Bear.</s>
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            Nicremb.
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            Hiſt. Na.
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            l. 8. c. 19.</note>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">I ſhould gueſs, that it repreſents one of
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            theſe, as well as another, and any thing elſe,
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            as well as any of theſe, ſince ’tis but a ſtrong ima-
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            gination, which fancies ſuch Images, as School
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            Boys uſually do, in the marks of a Wall, where-
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            as there is not any ſuch ſimilitude in the ſpots
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            themſelves, which rather like our Sea, in re-
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            ſpect of the Land, appears under a rugged and</s>
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