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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            Colour. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">The Obſervation of this Variety in di-
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            vers Eclipſes, you may ſee ſet down by Keplar,
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            and many others. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">But now this could not be,
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            if that Light were her own, that being con-
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            ſtantly the ſame, and without any Reaſon of
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            ſuch an Alteration: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">So that thus I may argue.</s>
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            <note position="right" xlink:label="note-0059-01" xlink:href="note-0059-01a" xml:space="preserve">Opt. A-
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            ſtron. c. 7.
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            num. 3.</note>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">If there were any Light proper to the Moon,
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            then would that Planet appear Brighteſt when
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            ſhe is Eclipſed in her Perige being neareſt to
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            to the Earth, and ſo conſequently more Ob-
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            ſcure and Duskiſh when ſhe is in her Apoge,
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            or fartheſt from it; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">the Reaſon is, becauſe the
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            nearer any Enlightned Body comes to the
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            Sight, by ſo much the more ſtrong are the
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            Species, and the better perceiv'd. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">This Se-
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            quel is granted by ſome of our Adverſaries,
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            and they are the very Words of Noble Tycho,
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            Si Luna genuino gauderet lumine, utique cum in
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            umbra terre eſſet, illud non emitteret, ſed eò evi-
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            dentiùs exereret; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">omne enim lumen in tenebris,
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            plus ſplendit cum alio majore fulgore non prœpe-
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            ditur. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">If the Moon had any Light of her own,
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            then ſhe would not loſe it in the Earths Sha-
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            dow, but rather ſhine more Clearly, ſince eve-
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            ry Light appears greater in the Dark, when
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            it is not hindred by a more perſpicuous Bright-
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            neſs.</s>
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            <note position="right" xlink:label="note-0059-02" xlink:href="note-0059-02a" xml:space="preserve">De nova
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            ſtella. lib. 1.
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            c. 10.</note>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">But now the Event falls out clean contrary,
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            (as Obſervation doth manifeſt, and our Op-
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            poſites themſelves do grant) the Moon appea-
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            ring with a more reddiſh and clear Light when
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            ſhe is Eclipſed, being in her Apoge or fartheſt
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            diſtance, and a more blackiſh Iron Colour
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            when ſhe is in her Perige, or neareſt to us,
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            therefore ſhe hath not any Light of her own.</s>
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