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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            apply theſe places according as fancy Directs:
            <s xml:id="echoid-s1838" xml:space="preserve">As I think this Opinion doth not any where
            Contradict Scripture: </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s1839" xml:space="preserve">ſo I think likewiſe, that
            it cannot be Proved from it. </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s1840" xml:space="preserve">Wherefore Gam-
            panella’s Second Conjecture may be more Pro-
            bable, that the Inhabitants of that World, are
            not Men as we are, but ſome other kind of
            Creatures which Bear ſome Proportion, and
            Likeneſs to our Natures. </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s1841" xml:space="preserve">Or it may be, they
            are of a quite Different Nature from any thing
            here Below, ſuch as no Imagination can De-
            ſcribe; </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s1842" xml:space="preserve">our Underſtandings being Capable on-
            ly of ſuch things as have Entered by our Senſes,
            or elſe ſuch Mixed Natures as may be Com-
            poſed from them. </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s1843" xml:space="preserve">Now, there may be ma-
            ny other Species of Creatures beſide thoſe that
            are already known in the World; </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s1844" xml:space="preserve">there is a
            great Chaſme betwixt the Nature of Men and
            Angels; </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s1845" xml:space="preserve">It may be the Inhabitants of the Pla-
            nets are of a Middle Nature between both
            theſe. </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s1846" xml:space="preserve">’Tis not Improbable that God might
            Create ſome of all Kinds, that ſo he might
            more Compleatly Gloriſie himſelf in the
            Works of his Power and Wiſdom.</s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s1847" xml:space="preserve"/>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s1848" xml:space="preserve">Guſanus too, thinks they differ from us in ma-
            ny reſpects; </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s1849" xml:space="preserve">I will ſet down his words as they
            may be found in the above Cited place, Suſpi-
            camur in regione ſolis magis eſſe ſolares, claros & </s>
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            illuminatos intellectuales habitatores, ſpiritualiores
            etiam quàm in lunâ ubi magis lunatici, & </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s1851" xml:space="preserve">in terra
            magis materiales, & </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s1852" xml:space="preserve">craſſi, ut illi intellectualis na-
            turæ ſolares ſint multum in actu & </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s1853" xml:space="preserve">parum in poten-
            tia, terreni verò magis in potentia, & </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s1854" xml:space="preserve">parum in
            actu, lunares in medio fluctuantes. </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s1855" xml:space="preserve">Hoc quidem
            opinamur ex influentia ignili ſolis, aquatica </s>