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

That the Moon may be a World. on enough, to ſay, ’tis Plato’s. However, for
the ſirſt part of this Aſſertion, it was aſſented
unto by many others, and by Reaſon oſ the
Groſſneſs and inequality of this Planet, ’twas
frequently call’d quaſi terra cœleſtis, as being
eſteem’d the Sedement, and more imperfect
part of thoſe purer Bodies; you may ſee this
Prov’d by Plutarch, in that delightful Work
which he properly made for the Conſirmation
of this particular. With him agreed Alcinous
and Plotinus, later Writers.


Plat. de
Scip. lib. I.
c. II.
De facie
Inſtit. ad
diſcp. Plat.
Cœl. Rho-
dig. l. I c.4.

Thus Lucian alſo in his Diſcourſe of a Jour-
ney to the Moon, where though he does ſpeak
many things out of Mirth and in a jeſting man-
ner: yet in the beginning of it he does inti-
mate that it did contain ſome ſerious Truths
concerning the real Frame oſ the Univerſe.

The Cardinal Guſanus and Fornandus Brunus
held a particular World in every Star, and
therefore one of them Deſigning our Earth, he
ſays, it is Stella quædam nobilis, quæ lunam & calorem & influentiam babet aliam, & diverſam
ab omnibus aliis ſtellis; ‘A Noble Star, having
‘ a diſtinct Light, Heat, and Infiuence from
‘ all the reſt. Unto this Nichol. Hill, a Coun-
try Man of ours, was enclin’d, when he ſaid,
Aſtrea terræ natura probabilis eſt: ‘That ’tis
‘ probable the Earth hath a Starry Nature.


Cuſa. de
doct.ign. l. 2.
cap. 12.
part. 434.

But the Opinion which I have here deliver’d
was more directly prov’d by Mæſlin, Keplar, Galileus, each of them late Writers, and famous Men for their ſingular Skill in A-
ftronomy. Keplar calls this World by the Name
of Levania, from the Hebrew Word תגב [?] ל,
which ſigniſies the Moon, and our Earth by


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