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">I anſwer: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">The deceit here, is not con
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            cerning the Light or Colour of thoſe Bodies
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            but concerning their Motion; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">which is nei-
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            ther the primary nor proper Object of the
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            Eye, but reckoned amongſt the Object a Com-
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            munia.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">2. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Another common Argument againſt
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            this Motion, is taken from the danger that
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            would thence ariſe unto all high Buildings,
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            which by this would quickly be ruinated and
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            ſcattered abroad.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">I anſwer: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">This Motion is ſuppoſed to be
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            natural; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">and thoſe things which are ac-
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            cording to Nature, have contrary effects to
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            other matters, which are by force and vio-
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            lence. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Now it belongs unto things of this
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            latter kind, to be inconſtant and hurtful;
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            </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">whereas thoſe of the firſt kind muſt be re-
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            gular, and tending to conſervation. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">The
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            Motion of the Earth, is always equal and
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            like it ſelf; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">not by ſtarts and fits. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">If a
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            Glaſs of Beer may ſtand firmly enough in a
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            Ship, when it moves ſwiftly upon a ſmooth
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            ftream; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">much leſs then will the Motion of
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            the Earth, which is more natural, and ſo
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            conſequently more equal, cauſe any danger
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            unto thoſe Buildings that are erected upon
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            it. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">And therefore to ſuſpect any ſuch event,
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            would be like the fear of Lactantius, who
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            would not acknowledg the being of any
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            Antipodes, leſt then he might be forced to
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            grant that they ſhould fall down unto the
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            Heavens. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">We have equal reaſon to be afraid
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            of high Buildings, if the whole World</s>
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