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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            Though we could not ſhew any ſimilitude of
            this Motion in theſe inferior Bodies, with
            which we are acquainted; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">yet we muſt
            know, there may be many things which a-
            gree to the whole Frame, that are not diſ-
            cernable in divers parts of it. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">’Tis natural
            unto the Sea to ebb and flow, but yet there
            is not this Motion in every drop or bucket
            of Water. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">So if we conſider every part of
            our Bodies ſeverally, the Humors, Bones,
            Fleſh, &</s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">c. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">they are all of them apt to tend
            downwards, as being of a condenſed Mat-
            ter; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">but yet conſider them according to the
            whole Frame, and then the Blood or Hu-
            mors may naturally aſcend upvvards to the
            Head, as vvell as deſcend to any of the
            lovver parts. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Thus the vvhole Earth may
            move round, though the ſeveral parts of it
            have not any ſuch particular Revolution of
            their ovvn. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Thus likevviſe, though each
            condenſed Body being conſidered by it ſelf,
            may ſeem to have only a Motion of deſcent,
            yet in reference to that vvhole Frame, of
            vvhich it is a part, it may alſo partake
            of another Motion that may be natural un-
            to it.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">But ſome may here object: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Though the
            Earth vvere endovved vvith ſuch Magnetical
            Affections, yet vvhat probability is there
            that it ſhould have ſuch a Revolution? </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">I an-
            ſvver: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">’Tis obſerved of thoſe other Mag-
            netical Bodies of Saturn, Jupiter, and the
            Sun, that they are carried about their ovvn
            Centers; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">and therefore ’tis not improbable,</s>