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 Earth may be a Planet.
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            miſtake, 'tis likely did ariſe that groundleſs
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            obſervation of the ancient Jews; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">who would
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            not admit any to read the beginning of Ge-
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            neſis, till he was arrived to thirty Years of
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            Age. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">The true reaſen of which, wa this;
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            </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">not becanſe that Book was harder than any
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            other; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">but becauſe Moſes conforming his
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            expreſlion to vulgar Conceits, and they exa-
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            mining of them by more exact rules of Phi-
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            loſophy, were fain to force upon them ma-
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            ny ſtrange Allegories, and unnatural Myſte-
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            ries.</s>
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            <note symbol="*" position="right" xlink:label="note-0215-01" xlink:href="note-0215-01a" xml:space="preserve">Proa@.
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            ad Phil.
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            Sacram.</note>
            <note symbol="*" position="left" xlink:label="note-0216-01" xlink:href="note-0216-01a" xml:space="preserve">Veſt.
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            Trac. 3.
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            cap. 2.</note>
            <note symbol="" position="left" xlink:label="note-0216-02" xlink:href="note-0216-02a" xml:space="preserve">Sanctius
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            sniſa. 13.5
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            Item in
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            Zachar.
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            lib.9.num.
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            45.</note>
            <note symbol="" position="left" xlink:label="note-0216-03" xlink:href="note-0216-03a" xml:space="preserve">Comment
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            in Gen.1.</note>
            <note symbol="*" position="right" xlink:label="note-0217-01" xlink:href="note-0217-01a" xml:space="preserve">In Gen.
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            c. 1. v. 10.
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            art. 6.
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            V. Hiero.
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            in Fer. 28.
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            Aquinas
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            in Job 25.
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            7</note>
            <note position="right" xlink:label="note-0217-02" xlink:href="note-0217-02a" xml:space="preserve">Gen.1. 16.
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            Pſ. 136. 7.</note>
            <note position="left" xlink:label="note-0218-01" xlink:href="note-0218-01a" xml:space="preserve">Comment.
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            in P1. 136.</note>
            <note symbol="*" position="left" xlink:label="note-0218-02" xlink:href="note-0218-02a" xml:space="preserve">De ope-
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            ribus Dei,
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            par. 2. li.6.
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            cap. 1.</note>
            <note position="right" xlink:label="note-0219-01" xlink:href="note-0219-01a" xml:space="preserve">DeMeteor.
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            lib. 4 c 2.
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            art. 5.</note>
            <note position="right" xlink:label="note-0219-02" xlink:href="note-0219-02a" xml:space="preserve">Job 28.25.</note>
            <note position="right" xlink:label="note-0219-03" xlink:href="note-0219-03a" xml:space="preserve">Comment.
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            in Pſalm.
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            148. 4.</note>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">Thus alſo, becauſe for the moſt part we
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            conceive the Stars to be innumerable, there-
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            fore doth the Holy Ghoſt often ſpeak of
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            them in reſerence to this opinion. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">So Jere-
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            my: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">As the Hoſt of Heaven cannot be num-
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            bred, neither the Sand of the Sea meaſured ſo
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            will I multiply the Seed of David. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">So likewiſe
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            when God would comfort Abraham with the
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            promiſe of a numberleſs Poſterity, he bids
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            him look up to Heayen, and tells him, that
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            his Seed ſhould be like thoſe Stars for num-
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            ber: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Which, ſaith
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            Clavius, Intelligendum
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            eſt ſecundum communem ſententiam vulgi, ex-
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            iſtimantis infinitam eſſe multitudinem ſtellarum,
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            dum eas nocte ſerena confusè intuetur; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">is to be
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            underſtood according to the common opi-
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            nion of the Vulgar, who think the Stars to
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            be of an inſinite multitude, whilſt they be-
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            hold them all (as they ſeem confuſed) in
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            a clear Night. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">And though many of our
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            Divines do commonly interpret this Speech
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            to be an Hyperbole; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">yet being well conſidered,</s>
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