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 Eartb may be a Planet.
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            extenſion, to that diſtance from whence
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            there does not appear any ſenſible difference
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            in its quantity. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">So that when I ſee a Bird
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            flying ſuch a height in the Air, that my be-
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            ing nearer unto it, or farther from it, by
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            ten or twenty Foot, does not make it ſeem
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            unto my Eyes either bigger or leſs; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">then I
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            may conclude, that the Bird muſt needs be
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            either ten or twenty foot thick: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Or when I
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            ſee the Body of a Tree that may be half a
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            mile from me, and perceive that my ap-
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            proaching nearer to it, by thirty or forty
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            paces, does not ſenſibly make any different
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            appearance, I may then infer, that the Tree
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            is forty paces thick; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">with many the like ab-
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            furd Conſequences, that would follow from
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            that Foundation upon which this Argument
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            is bottom'd.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">To the third, I anſwer: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">’Tis too much
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            preſumption, to conclude that to be ſuper-
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            fluous, the uſefulneſs of which we do not
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            underſtand. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">There be many ſecret Ends in
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            theſe great Works of Providence, which
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            humane Wiſdom cannot reach unto; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">and
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            as Solomon ſpeaks of thoſe things that are
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            under the Sun, ſo may we alſo of thoſe
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            things that are above it, That no Man can
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            find out the Work of God, for though a Man
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            labour to ſeek it out; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Yea, further, Though a
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            wiſe Man think to know it, yet ſball be not be
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            able to find it. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">He that hath moſt inſight in-
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            to the Works of Nature, is not able to give
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            a ſatisfying reaſon, why the Planets or Stars
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            ſhould be placed juſt at this particular di-</s>
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