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

That the Moon may be a World. ever look for any Evident or more Probable
Diſcoveries in this kind. unleſs there be ſome
hopes of Inventing means for our Conveyance
thither. The Poſſibility of which, ſhall be the
Subject of our Enquiry in this laſt Propoſition.

And, if we do but Conſider by what Steps
and Leaſure, all Arts do uſually riſe to their
Growth, we ſhall have no cauſe to Doubt why
this alſo may not hereafter be found out
amongſt other Secrets. It hath Conſtantly yet
been the Method of Providence, not preſent-
ly to ſhew us all, but to Lead us on by De-
grees, from the Knowledg of one thing to an-
other.

’T was a great While, ere the Planets were
Diſtinguſhed from the fixed Stars, and ſome
time after that, ere the Morning and Evening
Star were Found to be the ſame. And in greater
ſpace (I doubt not) but this alſo, and other as
Excellent Myſteries will be Diſcovered. Time,
who hath always been the Father of new
Truths, and hath revealed unto us many things,
which our Anceſtors were Ignorant of, will
alſo Manifeſt to our Poſterity, that which we
now deſire, but cannot know. Veniet tempus
(ſaith Seneca) quo iſt a quæ nunc latent, in lucem
dies extrahet, & longioris ævi diligentia. Time
will come, when the Indeavours of after Ages,
ſhall bring ſuch things to Light as now lie hid
in Obſcurity. Arts are not yet come to their
Solſtice. But the Induſtry of Future Times,
Aſſiſted with the Labours of their Fore-Fa-
thers, may reach that Height which we could
not Attain to. Veniet tempus quo poſteri noſlri
nos tam aperta neſciſſe mirentur. As we now

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