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.
Eclipſe, relates, that at ſuch time it was a
cuſtom amongſt the Romans (the moſt civil and
Learned People of the World) to ſound Braſs
Inſtruments, and hold great Torches toward
the Heaven.
Τῶν δε Ρωμαίων (ὤσπερ {ἐστὶ}ν ἐνομισ {μέν}ον)
χαλκ{οῦ} τε τατό γι;
ὰνακαλ{ου} μένων τοφῶς ἀυτῆς {καὶ} πυ{ρὰ}
In vita
Paul. Æ-
mil.
πολλὰ δαλοῖς {καὶ} δαοτίν ἀνε{χό}ντων πρός {οὐ}ῥοανον.
For
by this means they ſuppoſed the Moon was
much eaſed in her Labours, and therefore
Ovid calls ſuch loud Inſtruments the Auxilia-
ries or helps of the Moon.

Cum fruſtra reſonant æra auxiliaria Lunæ.

Metam.
Lib. 4.

Gantus & è cælo poſſunt deducere Lunam.

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