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