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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That the Earth may be a Planet.
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            the World. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Secondly, the Earth’s annual
            motion about it, as being one of the Planets:
            <s xml:space="preserve">Thirdly, its diurnal revolution, whereby it
            cauſed day and night.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">To his ſecond reaſon I anſwer: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Firſt, that
            Pythagor as thought the Earth to be one of
            the Planets (as appears by Ariſtotle’s Teſti-
            mony concerning him) and to move amongſt
            the reſt. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">So that his Opinion concerning
            the motion of the Heavens, is not inconſiſt-
            ent with that of the Earth. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Secondly,
            but as for the Coeleſtial Harmony, he might
            perhaps under this myſtical expreſſion,
            according to his uſual Cuſtom, ſhadow forth
            unto us that mutual proportion and Har-
            monical conſent, which he did conceive in
            the ſeveral bigneſs, diſtance, motions of
            the Orbs. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">So that notwithſtanding theſe ob-
            jections, it is evident that Pythagor as was of
            this Opinion, and that his Authority may add
            ſomewhat for the confirmation of it. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Unto
            him aſlented
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            Ariſtarchus Samius, who flouri-
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            ſhed about 280 years before the Birth of our
            Saviour, and was by reaſon of this Opinion,
            arraigned for Prophanefs and Sacriledge by
            the Areopagites, becauſe he had blaſphemed
            the Deity of Veſta, affitming the Earth to
            move. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">To them agreed Philolaus, Her aclides,
            Pontius, Nicetas, Syracuſanus, Ecphantus, Lu-
            cippus, and Plato himſelf (as ſome think.) </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">o
            likewiſe Numa Pompilius, as Plut arch relates
            it in his Life; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">who in reference to this Opini-
            on, built the Temple of Veſta round, like the
            Univerſe: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">In the middle of it was placed the</s>