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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            fore in another place he calls it a Terreſtrial
            Star, and an Olympian and Celeſtial Earth;
            <s xml:space="preserve">anſwerable, as I conceive, to the Paradiſe of
            the School-Men. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">And, that Paradiſe was ei-
            ther in, or near the Moon, is the Opinion of
            ſome later Writers, who deriv’d it in all like-
            lyhood, from the Aſſertion of Plato, and per-
            haps this of Plutarch. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Toſtatus lays this Opini-
            on upon Iſiodor, Hiſpalenſis, and the Venerable
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            Bede; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">and Pererius Fathers it upon Strabus and
            Rabanus his Maſter. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Some would have it to
            be ſituated in ſuch a place as could not be diſ-
            cover’d, which caus’d the Pen-man of Eſdras
            to make it a harder matter to know the out-go-
            ings of Paradiſe, than to weigh the weight of the
            Fire, or meaſure the blaſts of the Wind, or call
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            again a day that is paſt. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">But notwithſtanding
            this, there be ſome others, who think, that it
            is on the Top of ſome high Mountain under
            the Line; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">and theſe interpreted the Torrid
            Zone to be the flaming Sword whereby Para-
            diſe was guarded. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">’Tis the conſent of divers
            others, that Paradiſe is ſituated in ſome high & </s>
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            eminent place. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">So Toſtatus, Eſt etiam Paradiſus ſi-
            tu altiſſima, ſupra omnem terræ altitudinem. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">’Pa-
            ‘radiſe is ſituated in ſome high place above
            ‘the Earth; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">and therefore in his Comment up-
            on the 49 of Geneſis, he underſtands the Bleſ-
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            ſing of Jacob, concerning the everlaſting Hills
            to be meant of Paradiſe, and the Bleſſing it
            ſelf to be nothing elſe but a Promiſe of Chriſts
            coming, by whoſe Paſſion the Gates of Para-
            diſe ſhould be opened. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Unto him aſſented
            Rupertus, Scotus, and moſt of the other School-
            Men, as I find them cited by Pererius, and out</s>