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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            tion : </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Eſpecially ſince nature in her other
            Operations does never uſe any tedious dif-
            ficult means, to perform that which may
            as well be accompliſhed by ſhorter and eaſier
            ways. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">But now, the appearances would be
            the ſame, in reſpect of us, if only this lit-
            tle Point of Earth were made the ſubject of
            theſe Motions, as if the vaſt Frame of the
            World, with all thoſe Stars of ſuch num-
            ber and bigneſs, were moved about it. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">’Tis
            a common Maxim, Múdev ’Elxũ Púorv È?</s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">-
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            γὰ@ευαι. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Nature does nothing in vain, but
            in all her courſes does take the moſt com-
            pendious way. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">’Tis not therefore (I ſay)
            likely, that the whole Fabrick of the Hea-
            vens, which do ſo much exceed our Earth
            in magnitude and perfection, ſhould be put
            to undergo ſo great and conſtant a Work in
            the ſervice of our Earth, which might more
            eaſily ſave all that labour, by the Circumvo-
            lution of its own Body; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">eſpecially, ſince
            the Heavens do not by this motion attain
            any farther perfection for themſelves, but
            are made thus ſerviceable to this little Ball
            of Earth. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">So that in this caſe it may ſeem
            to argue as much improvidence in Nature
            to imploy them in this motion, as it would
            in a
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            Mother, who in warming her Child,
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            would rather turn the Fire about that, than
            that about the Fire. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Or in a
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            Cook, who
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            would not roaſt his Meat, by turning it a-
            bout to the Fire; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">but rather, by turning
            the Fire about it. </s>
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            Or in a Man, vvho
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