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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            to this purpoſe in theſe Words. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Ex illâ ali-
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            menta omnibus animalibus, omnibus ſatis, omnibus
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            ſtellis dividuntur, hinc proſertur quo fuſtineantur
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            tot Sidera tam exercitata, tam avida per diem,
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            noctemque, ut in opere, ita in paſtu. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Speaking
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            of the Earth, he ſays, from thence it is that
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            Nouriſhment is divided to all the Living
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            Creatures, the Plants and the Stars; </s>
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            were ſuſtain'd ſo many Conſtellations, ſo La-
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            borious, ſo Greedy, both Day and Night, as
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            well in their Feeding as Working. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Thus alſo
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            Lucan Sings,</s>
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          <head style="it" xml:space="preserve">Necnon Oceano paſci phæbumque polumq;
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          Gredimus.</head>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">Unto theſe Ptolomy alſo, that Learn'd Egyp-
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            tian, ſeem'd to agree, when he affirms that
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            the Body of the Moon is moiſter, and cooler
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            than any of the other Planets, by reaſon of
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            the Earthly Vapours that are exhaled unto it.
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            <s xml:space="preserve">You ſee theſe Ancients thought the Heavens
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            to be ſo far from this imagined Incorruptibili-
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            ty, that rather like the weakeſt Bodies they
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            ſtood in need of ſome continual Nouriſhment,
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            without which they could not ſubſiſt.</s>
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            <note position="left" xlink:label="note-0042-01" xlink:href="note-0042-01a" xml:space="preserve">@ Apoſtel.</note>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">But Ariſtotle and his Followers were ſo far
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            from this, that they thought thoſe Glorious
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            Bodies could not contain within them any ſuch
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            Principles as might make them lyable to the
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            leaſt Change or Corruption; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">and their Chief
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            Reaſon was, becauſe we could not in ſo long
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            a ſpace diſcern any alteration amongſt them;
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            <s xml:space="preserve">But to this I anſwer.</s>
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            l. 1. c. 3.</note>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">1. </s>
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            not hence follow that there were none, as he</s>
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