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.
for having immmediately before mentioned
thoſe Bleſſings which ſhould happen unto Fo-
ſeph by the Influence of the Moon, he does pre-
ſently exegetically iterate them in Bleſſing him
with the chief things in the ancient Mountains
and laſting Hills;
you may alſo ſee the ſame
expreſſion uſed in Jacobs Bleſſing of Joſeph.
Gen. 49. 26.
But however we may deal pro or con in Phi-
loſophy, yet we muſt not be too bold with Di-
vine Truths, or bring Scripture to Patronize
any Fancy of our own, though perhaps it be
I am not of their Mind who think it
a good Courſe to confirm Philoſophical Se-
crets from the letter of the Scripture, or by a-
buſing ſome obſcure Text in it.
Methinks it
ſavors too much of that melancholly humour
of the Chymicks, who, aiming in all their Stu-
dies at the making of Gold, do perſwade them-
ſelves, that the moſt learned and ſubtile of the
Ancient Authors, in all their obſcure places,
do mean ſome ſuch ſenſe as may make
to their purpoſe.
And hence it is that they
derive ſuch ſtrange Myſteries from the Fables
of the Poets, and can tell you what great ſecret
it was that Antiquity did hide under the Ficti-
on of Jupiter being turned into a Showre of
of Mercury's being made the Interpre-
ter of the Gods:
of the Moons deſcending to
the Earth for the Love of Endymion:
ſuch ridiculous Interpretations of theſe and the
like Fables, which any reaſonable conſidering
Man cannot conceive to proceed from any,
but ſuch as are diſtracted.
No leſs Fantaſtical
in this kind are the Jewiſh Rabbies, amongſt
whom is not any Opinion, whether in Nature or

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