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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            is as thick as that whole ſpace betwixt the
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            Centre of the Earth, and its own concave
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            Superficies. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">So likewiſe muſt it be in thoſe
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            three other Orbs, which he ſuppoſes to be
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            above the ſtarry Heaven. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Now if we pro-
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            portion their ſwiftneſs according to this
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            difference in their bignefs, you may then
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            conceive (if you can) what a king of cele-
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            rity that muſt be, by which the Primum
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            Mobile will be whirled about.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">Tycho makes the diſtance of the Stars to
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            be much leſs, and their motion ſlower; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">and
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            yet he is fain to confeſs, that it is omni cogi-
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            tatione celerior.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">Clavius likewiſe, ſpeaking concerning the
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            ſwiftneſs of the Starry Orb, does acknow-
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            ledg, Quod velocitas ejus captum humani inge-
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            nii excedit. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">What then could he think of
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            the primum Mobile?</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">Dr. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Gilbert being (it ſeems) aſtoniſhed
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            at the conſideration of this ſtrange ſwift-
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            neſs, ſays of it, that it is motus ſupra omnes
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            cogitationes, ſomnia, fabulas, & </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">licentias poeti-
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            cas inſuperabilis, ineffabilis, incomprehenſibilis.
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            <s xml:space="preserve">A man may more eaſily conceive the poſſibi-
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            lity of any Fable or Fiction, how Beaſts and
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            Trees might talk together, than how any
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            material Body ſhould be moved with ſuch a
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            ſwiſtneſs.</s>
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            <note position="right" xlink:label="note-0323-01" xlink:href="note-0323-01a" xml:space="preserve">De mag-
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            nete lib. 6.
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            cap. 3.</note>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">Not but that ’tis poſſible for God to turn
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            them about with a far greater velocity. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Nay,
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            ’tis poſſible for Art to contrive a motion,
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            which ſhall be equally ſlow in that propor-
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            tion as this is ſwiſt. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">But however, the</s>
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