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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            ſtance from the Earth, and no nearer or far-
            ther. </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s4135" xml:space="preserve">And beſides, this Argument might as
            well be urged againſt the Hypotheſis of Pto-
            lomy or Tycbo, ſince the Stars, for ought
            we know, might have been as ſerviceable to
            us, if they had been placed far nearer than
            either of thoſe Authors ſuppoſe them. </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s4136" xml:space="preserve">A-
            gain, were there any force in ſuch a Conſe-
            quence, it would as well conclude a great
            improvidence of Nature, in making ſuch a
            multitude of thoſe leſſer Stars, which have
            lately been diſcovered by the Perſpective.
            <s xml:id="echoid-s4137" xml:space="preserve">For to what purpoſe ſhould ſo many Lights
            be created for the uſe of Man, ſince his Eyes
            were not able to diſcern them? </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s4138" xml:space="preserve">So that our
            diſability to comprehend all thoſe ends
            which might be aimed at in the Works of
            Nature, can be no ſufficient Argument to
            prove their ſuperfluity. </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s4139" xml:space="preserve">Though Scripture
            tells us, that theſe things were made for
            our uſe, yet it does not tell us, that this is
            their only end. </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s4140" xml:space="preserve">’Tis not impoſſible, but that
            there may be elſewhere ſome other Inhabi-
            tants, by whom theſe leſſer Stars may be
            more plainly diſcerned. </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s4141" xml:space="preserve">And (as was ſaid
            before) why may not we affirm that of the
            bigneſs, which our Adverſaries do concern-
            ing the motion of the Heavens? </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s4142" xml:space="preserve">That God,
            to ſhew his own immenſity, did put a kind
            of infinity in the Creature.</s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s4143" xml:space="preserve"/>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s4144" xml:space="preserve">There is yet another Argument to this
            purpoſe, urged by Al. </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s4145" xml:space="preserve">Roſſ. </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s4146" xml:space="preserve">which was
              <note symbol="*" position="right" xlink:label="note-0277-01" xlink:href="note-0277-01a" xml:space="preserve">Lib. I.
              ſect. 2.6.I.</note>
            referred to any of the former kind, becauſe
            I could ſcarcely believe I did rightly </s>