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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            worms that are bred & </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">nouriſh’d by the Snow,
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            from which being once ſeparated, they dye.</s>
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            <note position="left" xlink:label="note-0162-05" xlink:href="note-0162-05a" xml:space="preserve">The water</note>
            <note symbol="*" position="left" xlink:label="note-0162-06" xlink:href="note-0162-06a" xml:space="preserve">De Anim.
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            lib. 7.</note>
            <note symbol="*" position="left" xlink:label="note-0162-07" xlink:href="note-0162-07a" xml:space="preserve">De Piſc.
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            l. 1. cap. 12.</note>
            <note position="right" xlink:label="note-0163-01" xlink:href="note-0163-01a" xml:space="preserve">Subtil. l. 9.</note>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">Thus alſo is it with the Air, which we may
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            well conceive does chiefly concur to the nou-
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            riſhing of all Vegitables. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">For if their Food
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            were all ſucked out from the Earth, there
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            muſt needs be then ſome ſenſible decay in the
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            ground by them; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">eſpecially, ſince they do eve-
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            ry year renew their Leaves and Fruits: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">which
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            being ſo many, and ſo often, could not be produ-
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            ced without abundance of nouriſhment. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">To
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            this purpoſe is the experiment of Trees cut
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            down, which will of themſelves put forth
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            Sprouts. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">As alſo that of Onyons, and the Sem-
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            per-vive, which will ſtrangely ſhoot forth,
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            and grow as they hang in the open Air. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Thus
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            likewiſe is it with ſome Senſible Creatures;
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            </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">the Camelion (ſaith
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            Pliny and
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            Solinus) is
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            meerly nouriſhed by this: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">And ſo are the
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            Birds of Paradiſe, Treated of by
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            many;</s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">which reſide conſtantly in the Air, Nature
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            baving not beſtowed upon them any Legs, and
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            therefore they are never ſeen upon the ground,
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            but being dead. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">If you ask, how they multi-
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            ply? </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">’tis anſwer’d, they lay their Eggs on the
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            backs of one anather, upon which they ſit till
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            their Young Ones be fledg’d. </s>
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            Rondoletiusfrom the Hiſtory of Hermolaus Barbarus tells
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            us of a Prieſt (of whom one of the Popes had
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            the cuſtody) that lived Forty years upon meer
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            Air. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">As alſo of a Maid in France, and another
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            in Germany, that for divers years together did
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            feed on nothing but this: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Nay, he affirms, that
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            he himſelf had ſeen one, who lived till Ten
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            years of Age without any nouriſhment. </s>
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