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

That the Moon may be a World. lar Opinion; but it ſeemed moſt likely to
Gamillus Glorioſus. Th. Gampanella, Fromondus,
with ſome others. But if you ask, whither
ſhall all theſe Exhalations return? I Anſwer,
every one into his own Planet. If it be again
Objected, that then there will be ſo many
Centers of Gravity, and each ſeveral Planet
will be a diſtinct World; I reply, we have not
like probability concerning the reſt; but yet,
perhaps all of them are ſo, except the Sun, tho
Guſanus, & ſome others, think, there is one alſo; and later times have diſcovered ſome leſſer
Clouds moving round about him. But as for
Saturn he hath two Moons on each ſide. Fupiter
hath four, that Incircle him with their Motion,
which are likewiſe Eclipſed by the Interpoſiti-
on of his Body, as the Moon is of our Earth. Venus is obſerv’d to increaſe and decreaſe as
the Moon. And this perhaps hath been noted
by former Ages, as may be gueſt by that Re-
lation of St. Auſtin out of Varro. Mars
and all the reſt, derive their Light from the
the Sun. Concerning Mercury, there hath
been little or no Obſervation, becauſe, for the
moſt part, he lies hid under the Sun-Beams,
and ſeldom appears by himſelf. But when he
does, yet the compaſs of his Body is ſo little,
and his Light of ſo clear a brightneſs, by rea-
ſon of his nearneſs to the Sun, that the Per-
ſpective cannot make the ſame Diſcoveries
upon him, as from the reſt.


De Comet.
l. 5. c. 4.
Apol. pro
Meteor. l.
3.c.2.Art. 6.
Fuſt. l.3. c.
De Civit.
Dei. l. 21.
cap. 8.

So that if you conſider their Quantity, their
Opacity, or theſe other Diſcoveries, you ſhall
find it probable enough, that each of them
may be a ſeveral World. Eſpecially, ſince


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