Full text: Wilkins, John: A discovery of a new world

Media inter prælia ſemper,
Stellarum, Cœliq; plagis, ſuperiſq; vacavit.



He always leiſure found, amidſt his Wars,
To mark the Coaſts of Heav’n, & learn the ſtars.

And for this reaſon likewiſe did Seneca,
amidſt the continual noiſe and busſle of the
Court, betake himſelf to this Recreation:

O quam juvabat, quo nihil majus, parens
Natura gennit, operis immenſi artifex,
Cœlum intueri Solis, & curros ſacros
Mundiq; motus, Solis alternas vices,
Orbemq; Pheobes, Aſtra quem cingunt vaga
Lateq; fulgens ætheris magni decus. O what a pleaſure was it to ſurvay
Natures chief Work, the Heavens; where we may
View the alternate Courſes of the Sun,
The ſacred Chariots, how the World does run; The Moons bright Orb, when ſhe’s attended by
Thoſe ſcattered ſtars, whoſe light adorns the sky. And certainly thoſe eminent Men, who
have this way beſtowed a great part of their
imploiment, ſuch as were Ptolomy, Julius Cæ-
ſar, Alphonſus King of Spain, the Noble Ty-
cho, & c. have not only by this means pitched
upon that which for the preſent was a more
ſolid kind of pleaſure and contentment, but
alſo a ſurer way to propagate their memo-
ries unto future Ages. Thoſe great coſtly


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