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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            <s xml:id="echoid-s2964" xml:space="preserve">1. </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s2965" xml:space="preserve">What need the King of Babylon ſend
            thither to enquire after it? </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s2966" xml:space="preserve">If you reply,
            becauſe it was occaſioned by Hezekiah's Re-
            covery. </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s2967" xml:space="preserve">I anſwer, ’Tis not likely that the
            Heathens would ever believe ſo great a Mi-
            racle ſhould be wrought, meerly for a Sign
            of one Man's recovery from a Diſeaſe; </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s2968" xml:space="preserve">but
            would rather be apt to think that it was
            done for ſome more remarkable purpoſe,
            and that by ſome of their own Gods, unto
            whom they attributed a far greater power,
            than unto any other. </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s2969" xml:space="preserve">'Tis more probable,
            that they might hear ſome flying Rumour
            of a Miracle that was ſeen in Judea; </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s2970" xml:space="preserve">which,
            becauſe it hapned only in Hezekiab's Houſe
            and Dial, and that too upon his recovery
            from a dangerous ſickneſs, they might be
            more apt to believe that it was a ſign of
            <s xml:id="echoid-s2971" xml:space="preserve"/>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s2972" xml:space="preserve">2. </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s2973" xml:space="preserve">Why have we no mention made of it
            in the Writings of the Ancients? </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s2974" xml:space="preserve">It is no
            way likely, that ſo great a Miracle as this
            was (if it were in the Sun) ſhould have
            been paſſed over in ſilence; </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s2975" xml:space="preserve">Eſpecially, ſince
            it hapned in thoſe later Times, when there
            were many Heathen Writers that flouriſhed
            in the World, Heſiod, Archilochus, Symo-
            nides; </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s2976" xml:space="preserve">and not long after, Homer, with di-
            vers others; </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s2977" xml:space="preserve">and yet none of them have the
            leaſt mention of any ſuch Prodigy. </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s2978" xml:space="preserve">We
            have many relations of Matters that were
            leſs obſervable, which were done about that
            Time; </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s2979" xml:space="preserve">the Hiſtory of Numa Pompilius, Gy-
            ges; </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s2980" xml:space="preserve">the fight betwixt the three </s>