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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            we ſnall find that Abraham's Poſterity, in
            ſome few Generations, were far more than
            there are viſible Stars in the Firmament; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">and
            of ſuch only does God ſpeak, becauſe he bids
            Abraham look up to the Heavens.</s>
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            <note position="left" xlink:label="note-0220-01" xlink:href="note-0220-01a" xml:space="preserve">Jer. 35. 22</note>
            <note position="left" xlink:label="note-0220-02" xlink:href="note-0220-02a" xml:space="preserve">Gen. 15 5.</note>
            <note symbol="*" position="left" xlink:label="note-0220-03" xlink:href="note-0220-03a" xml:space="preserve">In 1. cup.
            <s xml:space="preserve">Now all theſe, even unto ſix differences of
            Magnitude, are reckoned to be but 1022.
            <s xml:space="preserve">True indeed, at the firſt viewing of the
            Heavens. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">it may ſeem an incredible thing,
            that they ſhould be of no greater a num-
            ber; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">but the reaſon of this is, becauſe they
            appear ſcattered and confuſed; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">ſo that the
            eye cannot place them in any ſuch order, as
            to reckon them up, or take any diftinct ſur-
            vey of them. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Now 'tis a known truth,
            Quod fortius operatur pluralitas partium, ubi
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            ordo abeſt; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">nam inducit ſimilitudinem infiniti,
            & </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">impedit comprehenſionem: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">That a plurality
            of parts, without order, has a more ſtrong
            operation, becauſe it has a kind of ſeeming
            inſinity, and ſo hinders comprehenſion. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">And
            then beſides, there are more appearances of
            Stars many times, than there are bodies of
            them; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">for the Eye, by reaſon of its weak-
            neſs and diſability, to diſcern any thing at
            ſo great a diſtance; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">as alſo, becauſe of thoſe
            Beams which proceed from ſuch remote Bo-
            dies, in a twinkling and wavering manner,
            and ſo mix and confound themſelves at their
            entrance into that Organ: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">it muſt needs re-
            ceive more repreſentations than there are
            true bodies. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">But now, if a Man do but
            leiſurely and diſtinctly compare the Stars of
            the Heaven with thoſe of this number, that</s>