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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            you muſt know, that ’tis beſide the Scope of
            the Old Teſtament or the New, to diſcover
            any thing untous concerning the Secrets in Phi-
            loſopy; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">’tis not his intent in the New Teſta-
            ment, ſince we cannot conceive how it might
            any way belong either to the Hiſtorical, Exe-
            getical, or Prophetical parts of it; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">nor is it
            his intent in the Old Teſtament, as is well ob-
            ſerv'd by our Country-Man, Mr. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">WRIGHT,
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            Non Moſis aut Prophetarum inſtitutam fuiſſe vi-
            detur Mathematicas aliquas aut Phyſicas ſubtili-
            tates promulgare, ſed ad vulgi captum & </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">loquen-
            di morem, quemadmodum nutrices infantulis ſo-
            lent, ſeſe accommodare. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">’Tis not the endeavour
            of Moſes, or the Prophets, to diſcover any
            Mathematical or Philoſophical Subtilties,
            but rather to accommodate themſelves to Vul-
            gar Capacities, and ordinary Speech, as Nur-
            ſes are wont to uſe their Infants. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">True in-
            deed, Moſes is there to handle the Hiſtory of
            the Creation. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">But ’tis certain (ſaith Calvin)
            that his purpoſe is to treat only of the viſible
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            form of the World, and thoſe parts of it,
            which might be moſt eaſily underſtood by the
            Ignorant and Ruder ſort of People, and there-
            fore we are not thence to expect the diſcovery
            of any Natural Secret. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Artes reconditas aliun-
            de diſcat qui volet; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">hic Spiritus Dei omnes ſi-
            mul ſine exceptione docere voluit. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">As for more
            hidden Arts, they muſt be looked for elſe-
            where; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">the Holy Ghoſt did here intend to in-
            ſtruct all without exception. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">And therefore
            ’tis obſerved, That Moſes does not any where
            meddle with ſuch matters as were very hard to
            be conceiv'd; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">for being to inform the common</s>