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 Eartb may be a Planet.
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            more excellent, which does limit any thing,
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            than that which is bounded by it. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">For this
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            reaſon is it, that Matter is amongſt thoſe
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            things which are terminated, and Form that
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            which does circumſcribe.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">But againſt this anſwer of Ariſtotle, it is
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            again replied:</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">1. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Though it be true, that in living Crea-
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            tures, the beſt and chiefeſt part is not placed
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            always juſt in the midſt; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">yet this may be,
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            becauſe they are not of an orbicular Form,
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            as the World is.</s>
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            <note position="right" xlink:label="note-0283-01" xlink:href="note-0283-01a" xml:space="preserve">Keplar.
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            Aſtr. Co-
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            pern.lib.2.
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            par.2.</note>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">2. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Though that which bounds another
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            thing, be more excellent than that which is
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            terminated by it, yet this does not prove
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            the Centre to be the worſt place, becauſe
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            that is one of the Terms or Limits of a
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            round Body, as well as the Circumfe-
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            rence.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">There are likewiſe other Arguments to
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            this purpoſe, much inſiſted on by eminent
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            Aſtronomers; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">taken from that Harmoni-
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            cal Proportion which there may be be-
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            twixt the ſeveral diſtances and bigneſs of
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            the Orbs, if we ſuppoſe the Sun to be in
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            the Centre.</s>
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            <note position="right" xlink:label="note-0283-02" xlink:href="note-0283-02a" xml:space="preserve">Maſſin.
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            præ. ad
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            Narrat.
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            Rbettci.</note>
            <note position="right" xlink:label="note-0283-03" xlink:href="note-0283-03a" xml:space="preserve">Keplar.
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            myſterium
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            Coſmogra-
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            Phicum.</note>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">For according to this (ſay they) we may
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            conceive an excellent harmony, both in the
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            number and the diſtance of the Planets;
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            </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">(and if God made all other things, numero
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            & </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">menſurâ, much more then thoſe greater
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            Works, the Heavens) for then the five Ma-
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            thematical Bodies, ſo much ſpoken of by
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            Euclid, will bear in them a proportion</s>
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