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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            the World may think, yet it is not a vaſt
            Eſtate, a Noble Birth, an eminent place,
            that can add any thing to our true real
            Worth; </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s5353" xml:space="preserve">but it muſt be the degrees of that
            which makes us Men, that muſt make us
            better Men, the endowments of our Soul,
            the enlargement of our Reaſon. </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s5354" xml:space="preserve">Were it
            not for the contemplation of Philoſophy,
            the Heathen Seneca would not ſo much
              <note symbol="*" position="right" xlink:label="note-0355-01" xlink:href="note-0355-01a" xml:space="preserve">Præf. ad
              lib. 1. Nat.
            thank the Gods for his Being; </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s5355" xml:space="preserve">Niſi ad hæc
            admitterer non fuit opere pretium naſci. </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s5356" xml:space="preserve">De-
            trahe hoc ineſtimabile bonum, non eſt vita tanti,
            ut ſudem, ut æſtuem. </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s5357" xml:space="preserve">Take but away this
            benefit, and he would not think Life worth
            the ſweating for. </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s5358" xml:space="preserve">So much happineſs could
            he diſcern in the Studies of Nature. </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s5359" xml:space="preserve">And
            therefore as a Science in general, it may ve-
            ry well deſerve our Love and Induſtry.</s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s5360" xml:space="preserve"/>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s5361" xml:space="preserve">2. </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s5362" xml:space="preserve">Conſider it as ſuch a particular Sci-
            ence, Aſtronomy: </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s5363" xml:space="preserve">The word ſignifies, the
            Law of the Stars; </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s5364" xml:space="preserve">and the Hebrews (who
            do not ordinarily admit of compoſition)
            call it, in two words, ם'טש תוקח, Cœ-
              <note position="right" xlink:label="note-0355-02" xlink:href="note-0355-02a" xml:space="preserve">Job 38. 53
              Jer. 33. 25.</note>
            lorum ſtatuta, or the Ordinances of Heaven;
            <s xml:id="echoid-s5365" xml:space="preserve">becauſe they are governed in their Courſes
            by a certain Rule, as the Pſalmiſt ſpeaks, in
            Pſal. </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s5366" xml:space="preserve">148. </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s5367" xml:space="preserve">6. </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s5368" xml:space="preserve">God has given them a Law which
            ſhall not be broken.</s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s5369" xml:space="preserve"/>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s5370" xml:space="preserve">Now this, of all other natural Sciences,
            may beſt of all challenge our Induſtry; </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s5371" xml:space="preserve">and
            that, whether you conſider it,</s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s5372" xml:space="preserve">1. </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s5373" xml:space="preserve">Abſolutely, as it is in it ſelf: </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s5374" xml:space="preserve">Or,</s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s5375" xml:space="preserve">2. </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s5376" xml:space="preserve">As it ſtands in reference to us.</s>
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