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">That the Seas not overflowing the Land,
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            is a Miracle, was the opinion of
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            Baſil,
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            Chryſoſtom,
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            Theodoret,
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            Ambroſe,
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            Nazianzen; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">and ſince them,
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            Aqui-
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            nas,
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            Luther, Calvin, Marlorat; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">with
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            ſundry others. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Which they proved from
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            theſe Scripture-expreſſions; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">that in Job 38.
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            <s xml:space="preserve">8, 11. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Who hath ſhut up the Sea with doors,
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            when it brake forth, as if it had iſſued out of
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            the Womb; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">when I did break up for it my de-
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            creed place; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">and ſet bars and doors, and ſaid,
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            hitherto ſhalt thou come, and no further, and
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            here ſhall the pride of thy Waves be ſtaid. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">So
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            likewiſe, Prov. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">8. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">29. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">God gave to the Sea
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            his Decree, that the Waters ſhould not paſs his
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            Commandment. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">And Jer. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">5. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">22. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">I have pla-
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            ced the Sand for a bound of the Sea, by a per-
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            petual Decree, that they cannot paſs it: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">and th@
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            the Waves thereof toſs themſelves, yet can
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            they not prevail; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">tho they roar, yet can they
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            not paſs over, that they turn not again to cover
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            the Earth. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">In all which places (ſay they)
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            ’tis implied, that the Water of it ſelf, were
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            it not with-held from its own natural incli-
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            nation, by a more ſpecial Power of God,
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            would overflow the Land.</s>
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            <note symbol="a)" position="right" xlink:label="note-0241-01" xlink:href="note-0241-01a" xml:space="preserve">Homil.
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            4. He@am.</note>
            <note symbol="b)" position="right" xlink:label="note-0241-02" xlink:href="note-0241-02a" xml:space="preserve">Commen
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            in Job.</note>
            <note symbol="c)" position="right" xlink:label="note-0241-03" xlink:href="note-0241-03a" xml:space="preserve">In Pſal.
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            103.</note>
            <note symbol="d)" position="right" xlink:label="note-0241-04" xlink:href="note-0241-04a" xml:space="preserve">Hexam.
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            l 3. c.2,3.</note>
            <note symbol="e)" position="right" xlink:label="note-0241-05" xlink:href="note-0241-05a" xml:space="preserve">Orat. 34</note>
            <note symbol="f)" position="right" xlink:label="note-0241-06" xlink:href="note-0241-06a" xml:space="preserve">Aquin.
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            part. 1.
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            queſt. 69.
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            art. 1.</note>
            <note symbol="g)" position="right" xlink:label="note-0241-07" xlink:href="note-0241-07a" xml:space="preserve">Commen
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            in Pſ. 24.
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            Item in
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            Pſ. 136 6.</note>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">Others infer the ſame concluſion from that
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            in Eccleſiaſtes, where the Rivers are ſaid to
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            come from the Sea; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">which they could not
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            do, unleſs that were higher. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">I anſwer; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">They
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            ſhould as well conſider the latter part of that
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            Scripture, which ſays, that the Rivers re-
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            turn to that place from whence they came,
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            and then the force of this conſequence will</s>
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