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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            that is, from which theſe Motions that Co-
            pernicus aſcribes unto the Earth, does pro-
            ceed. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Whether or no it be ſome Animal
            Power that does aſſiſt (as Ariſtotle), or in-
            form (as Keplar thinks), or elſe ſome other
            natural motive Quality which is intrinſical
            unto it.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">We may obſerve, That when the proper
            genuine cauſe of any Motion is not obvious,
            Men are very prone to attribute unto that
            which they diſcern to be the moſt frequent
            Original of it in other things, Life. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Thus
            the Stoicks affirm, the Soul of the Water to
            be the cauſe of the ebbing and flowing of
            the Sea. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Thus others think the Wind to
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            proceed from the Life of the Air, whereby
            it is able to move it ſelf ſeveral ways, as
            other living Creatures. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">And upon the
            ſame grounds do the Platonicks, Stoicks, and
            ſome of the Peripateticks, affirm the Hea-
            vens to be animated. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">From hence likewiſe
            it is, that ſo many do maintain Ariſtotle his
            Opinion concerning Intelligences: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">which ſome
            of his Followers, the School-men, do con-
            firm out of Scripture; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">from that place in
            Matth. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">24. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">29. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">where ’tis ſaid, The Powers
            of the Heavens ſhall be ſhaken. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">In which
            words, by Powers, (ſay they) are meant
            the Angels, by vvhoſe power it is that the
            Heavens are moved. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">And ſo likewiſe in that,
            Fob 9. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">13. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">vvhere the Vulgar has it, Sub
            quo curvantur, qui portant orbem; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">that is,
            the Intelligences. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Which Text, might ſerve
            altogether as vvell to prove the Fable of</s>