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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            ſtant than Man, for that knows its circuits,
            and whirleth about continually, ver. </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s3582" xml:space="preserve">6. </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s3583" xml:space="preserve">whereas
              <note position="left" xlink:label="note-0248-01" xlink:href="note-0248-01a" xml:space="preserve">Pſ.78.39.</note>
            our life paſſeth away as doth the V Vind, but re-
            turneth not again.</s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s3584" xml:space="preserve"/>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s3585" xml:space="preserve">4. </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s3586" xml:space="preserve">From the Sea; </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s3587" xml:space="preserve">tho it be as uncertain
            as the Moon, by whom ’tis governed, yet is
            it more durable than Man and his Happi-
            neſs. </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s3588" xml:space="preserve">For tho the Rivers run into it, and
            from it, yet is it ſtill of the ſame quantity
            that it was at the beginning, verſ. </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s3589" xml:space="preserve">7. </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s3590" xml:space="preserve">But
            Man grows worſer, as he grows older, and
            ſtill nearer to a decay. </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s3591" xml:space="preserve">So that in this re-
            ſpect, he is much inferior to many other of
            his fellow Creatures.</s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s3592" xml:space="preserve"/>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s3593" xml:space="preserve">From whence it is manifeſt; </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s3594" xml:space="preserve">that this con-
            ſtancy, or ſtanding of the Earth, is not op-
            poſed to its local motion, but to the chang-
            ing or paſſing away of divers Men in their
            ſeveral Generations. </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s3595" xml:space="preserve">And therefore, thence
            to conclude the Earth's Immobility, were as
            weak and ridiculous, as if one ſhould argue
            thus: </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s3596" xml:space="preserve">One Miller goes, and another comes,
              <note position="left" xlink:label="note-0248-02" xlink:href="note-0248-02a" xml:space="preserve">M. Car-
              Geog. l 1.
              c. 4.</note>
            but the Mill remains ſtill; </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s3597" xml:space="preserve">ergo, the Mill hath
            no motion.</s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s3598" xml:space="preserve"/>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s3599" xml:space="preserve">Or thus; </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s3600" xml:space="preserve">one Pilat goes, and another
            comes, but the Ship remains ſtill; </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s3601" xml:space="preserve">ergo, the
            Ship doth not ſtir.</s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s3602" xml:space="preserve"/>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s3603" xml:space="preserve"> R. </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s3604" xml:space="preserve">Moſes tells us, how that many of
              <note symbol="*" position="left" xlink:label="note-0248-03" xlink:href="note-0248-03a" xml:space="preserve">Perplex.
              l. 2. c. 29.</note>
            Jews did from this place conclude, that So-
            lomon thought the Earth to be Eternal, be-
            cauſe he ſaith it abideth, םלרעל, for ever;
            <s xml:id="echoid-s3605" xml:space="preserve">and queſtionleſs, if we examine it impar-
            tially, we ſhall find that the phraſe ſeems
            more to favour this Abſurdity, than </s>