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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            the Enemy, who ſhould not be able to
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            break it with the moſt ſurious Batteries of
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            the Ram , or pierce it with any Cannon-
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            ſhot.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">3. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Being void of all heavineſs, a Man
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            may carry it up and down with him, as a
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            Snail does his Houſe: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">and ſo, whether he
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            follow the Enemy, or fly from him, he has
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            ſtill this advantage, that he may take his
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            Caſtle and Defence along with him.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">But then again, there are on the other
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            ſide as many inconveniences. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">For,</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">1. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Its perſpicuity would make it ſo open,
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            that a Man ſhould not be able to retire
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            himſelf into any private part of it. </s>
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            then,</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">2. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Being ſo extreamly ſolid, as well as in-
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            viſible, a Man ſhould be ſtill in danger of
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            knocking his head againſt every Wall and
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            Pillar; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">unleſs it were alſo intangible, as ſome
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            of the Peripateticks affirm.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">3. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Its being without all gravity, would
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            bring this inconvenience, that every little
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            puff of Wind would blow it up and down;
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            <s xml:space="preserve">ſince ſome of the ſame Sect are not aſhamed
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            to ſay, that the Heavens are ſo utterly de-
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            void of Heavineſs, that if but a little Fly
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            ſhould juſtle againſt the vaſt Frame of the
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            Celeſtial Spheres, he would move them out
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            of their places.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">A ſtrong Fancy, that could be at leiſure,
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            might make excellent ſport with this Aſtro-
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            nomical Fiction.</s>
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