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">But of this only by the way. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">However,
            certain it is, that the Holy Ghoſt does fre-
            quently in Scripture ſet forth the ſeveral
            Coaſts of Heaven by thoſe relative terms of
            right hand and left hand, &</s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">c. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">which ex-
            preſſions do not denote any real intrinſecal
            difference between thoſe places, but are ra-
            ther fitted for the apprehenſion of thoſe
            Men, from whoſe fancy it is that they have
            ſuch denominations. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">And though Ariſtotle
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            concludes theſe ſeveral Poſitions to be natu-
            ral unto the Heavens, yet his Authority in
            this particular is not available, becauſe he
            delivers it upon a wrong ground, ſuppoſing
            the Orbs to be living Creatures, and aſſiſted
            with Intelligences. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">We may obſerve, that the
            meaning of theſe Coaſts, by the relations of
            right hand and left hand, & </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">c. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">is ſo far from
            having any ground in the nature of thoſe ſe-
            veral places, that theſe relations are not on-
            ly variouſly applied unto them by divers Re-
            ligions (as was ſaid before) but alſo by
            divers Arts and Profeſſions. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Thus, becauſe
            Aſtronomers make their Obſervations towards
            the South parts of the Horizon, where there
            be moſt Stars that riſe and ſet; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">therefore do
            they account the Weſt to be at their right
            hand, and the Eaſt their left. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">The Coſmo-
            graphers, in taking the Latitude of Places,
            and reckoning their ſeveral Climates, muſt
            look towards the North Pole; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">and there-
            fore, in their phraſe, by the right hand, is
            meant the Eaſt; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">and by the left hand, the
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            Weſt: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">And thus (ſaith
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            Plutarch) are we</s>