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">’Tis reported of Clavius, that when lying
            upon his Death-bed, he heard the firſt News
            of thoſe Difcoveries which were made by
            Gallilæus his Glaſs, he brake forth into theſe
            words: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Videre Aſtronomos, quo pacto conſtituen-
            di ſunt orbes Cœleſtes, ut hœc Phœnomena ſalvari
            poſſint: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">That it did behove Aſtronomers to
            conſider of ſome other Hypotheſis, beſide that
            of Ptolomy, whereby they might ſalve all thoſe
            new appearances. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Intimating that this old
            one, which formerly he had defended, would
            not now ſerve the turn: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">And doubtleſs, if he
            had been informed how congruous all theſe
            might have been unto the Opinion of Coper-
            nicus, he would quickly have turned on that
            ſide. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">’Tis conſiderable, that amongſt the
            followers of Copernicus, there are ſcarce any,
            who were not formerly againſt him; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">and
            ſuch, as at firſt, had been throughly
            ſeaſoned with the Principles of Ariſtotle; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">in
            which, for the moſt part, they have no leſs
            skill, than thoſe who are ſo violent in the
            defence of them. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Whereas on the contrary,
            there are very few to be found amongſt the
            followers of Ariſtotle and Ptolomy, that have
            read any thing in Copernicus, or do fully un-
            derſtand the Grounds of his Opinion; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">and I
            think, not any, who having been once ſetled
            with any ſtrong aſſent on this ſide, that have
            afterwards revolted from it. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Now if we do
            but ſeriouſly weigh with our ſelves, that ſo
            many ingenious, conſidering Men, ſhould
            reject that Opinion which they were nurſed
            up in, and which is generally approved as the</s>