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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            other a Groſs, Dark Body, which cannot
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            Shine at all. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">’Tis requiſite therefore that in
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            the next place I clear this doubt, and ſhew that
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            the Moon hath no more Iight of her own than
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            our Earth.</s>
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          <head xml:space="preserve">PROP. V.</head>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">TWas the fancy of ſome of the Jews, and
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            more eſpecially of Rabbi Simeon, that the
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            Moon was nothing elſe but a Contracted Sun,
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            and that both thoſe Planets at their firſt Cre-
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            ation, were equal both in Light and quantity.
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            <s xml:space="preserve">For, becauſe God did then call them both
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            great Lights, therefore they inferred that
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            they muſt be both equal in bigneſs. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">But a while
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            after (as the Tradition goes) the Ambitious
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            Moon put up Her Complaint to God againſt
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            the Sun, ſhewing that it was not fit there ſhould
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            be two ſuch great Lights in the Heavens; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">a
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            Monarchy would beſt become the place of Or-
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            der and Harmony. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Upon this, God Comman-
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            ded Her to contract her ſelf into a Narrower
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            compaſs; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">but ſhe being much diſcontented
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            hereat, replies, What! becauſe I have ſpoken
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            that which is Reaſon and Equity, muſt I there-
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            fore be diminiſhed; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">This Sentence could not
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            chuſe but much trouble Her; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">and for this Rea-
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            ſon was ſhe in great diſtreſs and grief for a long
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            ſpace, but that her Sorrow might be ſome
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            way pacified, God bid her be of good Cheer,
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            becauſe her Priviledges and Charter ſhould
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            be greater than the Suns; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">he ſhoulld appear in
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            the Day time only, ſhe both in the Day and</s>
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