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 Moon may be a World.
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            ning theſe, upon which we may build a cer-
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            tainty, or good probability: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">well may we
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            gueſs at them, and that too very doubtfully,
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            but we can know nothing; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">for, if we do hardly
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            gueſs aright at things which be upon Earth, if
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            with labour we do find the things that are at hand,
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            How then can we ſearch out thoſe things that are
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            in Heaven? </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">What a little is that which we
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            know, in reſpect of thoſe many matters con-
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            tain’d within this great Univerſe? </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">This whole
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            Globe of Earth and Water, though it ſeem
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            to us to be of a large Extent, yet it bears not
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            ſo great a proportion unto the whole Frame
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            of Nature, as a ſmall Sand doth unto it; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">and
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            what can ſuch little Creatures as we diſcern,
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            who are tyed to this point of Earth? </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">or what
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            can they in the Moon know of us? </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">If we under-
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            ſtand any thing (ſaith Eſdras) ’tis nothing but
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            that which is upon the Earth; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">and he that dwel-
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            leth above in the Heavens may only underſtand
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            the things that are above in the height of the
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            Heavens.</s>
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            <note position="left" xlink:label="note-0136-01" xlink:href="note-0136-01a" xml:space="preserve">De doct. ig-
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            nor antia.
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            l.2.c. 12.</note>
            <note position="right" xlink:label="note-0137-01" xlink:href="note-0137-01a" xml:space="preserve">Wiſd.</note>
            <note position="right" xlink:label="note-0137-02" xlink:href="note-0137-02a" xml:space="preserve">2 Eſd. 4.
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            21.</note>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">So that ’twere a needleſs thing for us to
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            ſearch after any particulars; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">however, we may
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            gueſs in the general that there are ſome Inhabi-
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            tants in that Planet: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">for why elſe did Provi-
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            dence furniſh that place with all ſuch Conve-
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            niences of Habitation as have been above de-
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            clar’d?</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">But you will ſay, perhaps; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">is there not too
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            great and intollerable a Heat, ſince the Sun is
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            their Zenith every Month, and doth tarry there
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            ſo long before he leaves it.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">I Anſwer,</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">I. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">This may, perhaps, be remedyed (as it</s>
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