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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That the Moon may be a World.
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            <s xml:space="preserve">But, in my following Diſcourſe, I ſhall moſt
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            inſiſt on the Obſervation of Galilæus, the In-
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            ventor of that Famous Perſpective, whereby
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            we may diſcern the Heavens hard by us; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">where-
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            by thoſe things which others have formerly
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            gueſt at, are manifeſted to the Eye, and plain-
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            ly diſcover’d beyond exception or doubt; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">of
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            which admirable invention, theſe latter Ages of
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            the World may juſtly Boaſt, and for this, ex-
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            pect to be Celebrated by Poſterity. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">’Tis re-
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            lated of Eudoxus, that he wiſhed himſelf burnt
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            with Phaeton, ſo he might ſtand over the Sun
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            to contemplate itsNature; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">had he liv’d in theſe
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            days, he might have enjoyed his wiſh at an ea-
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            ſier rate, and ſcaling the Heavens by this Glaſs,
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            might plainly have diſcern’d what he ſo much
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            deſir’d. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Keplar conſidering thoſe ſtrange diſ-
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            coveries which this Perſpective had made,
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            could not chooſe but cry out in a Πρ ηοΠ ποΠΗα & </s>
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            Rapture of Admiration, O multiſcium & </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">quo-
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            vis ſceptro pretioſus perſpicillum! an qui te dexte-
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            râ tenet, ille non dominus conſtituatur operum Dei?
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            <s xml:space="preserve">And Foannes Fabricius, an Elegant Writer,
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            ſpeaking oſ the ſame Glaſs, and for this In-
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            vention, preferring our Age beſore thoſe for-
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            mer Times of greater Ignorance, ſays thus; </s>
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            Adeo ſumus ſuperiors veteribus, ut quam illi car-
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            minis magici pronunciatu demiſſam repreſentâſſe
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            putantur, nos non tantum innocenter demittamus,
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            ſed etiam familiari quodam intuitu ejus quaſi con-
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            ditionem intueamur. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">‘So much are we above
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            ‘ the Ancients, that whereas they were fain
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            ‘ by their Magical Charms to repreſent the
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            ‘ Moons approach, we cannot only bring her
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            ‘ lower with a greater Innocence, but may al-</s>
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