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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            <s xml:space="preserve">In reference to this, doth the Scripture
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            ſpeak of ſome common natural effects, as if
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            their true cauſes were altogether inſcruta-
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            ble, and not to be found out, becauſe they
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            were generally ſo eſteemed by the Vulgar.
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            </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Thus of the Wind it is
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            ſaid, That none
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            know whence it cometh, nor whither it go
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            eth.
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            </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">In another
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            place, God is ſaid to bring it out
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            of his Treaſures: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">And
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            elſewhere it is
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            called the
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            Breath of God. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">And ſo like-
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            wiſe of the Thunder; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">concerning which
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            Job propoſes this queſtion, The Thunder
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            of his Power who can underſtand? </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">And there-
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            fore too
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            David does ſo often ſtile it, thè
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            Voice of God. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">All which places ſeem to im-
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            ply, that the cauſe of theſe things was not
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            to be diſcovered, which yet later Philoſo-
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            phers pretend to know: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">So that according
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            to their conſtruction, theſe phraſes are to be
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            underſtood, in relation unto their ignorance
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            unto whom theſe Speeches were immediatly
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            directed.</s>
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            <note symbol="*" position="left" xlink:label="note-0234-01" xlink:href="note-0234-01a" xml:space="preserve">Joh. 3. 8.</note>
            <note symbol="" position="left" xlink:label="note-0234-02" xlink:href="note-0234-02a" xml:space="preserve">Jer. 10. 13.
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            @iem. c. 51.
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            16.</note>
            <note symbol="(a)" position="left" xlink:label="note-0234-03" xlink:href="note-0234-03a" xml:space="preserve">Job
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            37. 10.</note>
            <note symbol="(b)" position="left" xlink:label="note-0234-04" xlink:href="note-0234-04a" xml:space="preserve">תמ
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            מ</note>
            <note symbol="(c)" position="left" xlink:label="note-0234-05" xlink:href="note-0234-05a" xml:space="preserve">job 26.
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            14.</note>
            <note symbol="(d)" position="left" xlink:label="note-0234-06" xlink:href="note-0234-06a" xml:space="preserve">Pſ. 2. 9.
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            & 3.4, & c.
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            @</note>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">For this reaſon is it: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Why, tho there be
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            in nature many other cauſes of Springs and
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            Rivers than the Sea, yet Solomon (who was
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            a great Philoſopher, and perhaps not igno-
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            rant of them) does mention only this, be-
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            cauſe moſt obvious, and eaſily apprehended
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            by the Vulgar. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Unto all theſe Scriptures, I
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            might add that in Amos 5. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">8. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">which ſpeaks
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            of the Conſtellation, commonly called the
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            Seven Stars; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">whereas, later diſcoveries
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            have found that there are but ſix of them
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            diſcernable to the bare eye, as appears by</s>
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