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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To the Reader
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            <s xml:space="preserve">’Tis an excellent Rule to be ob-
            ſerved in all Diſputes, That Men
            ſhould give ſoft Words and hard
            Arguments; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">that they would not ſo
            much ſtrive to vex, as to convince an
            Enemy. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">If this were but diligently
            practiſed in all Caſes, and on all
            ſides, we might in a good meaſure
            be freed from thoſe Vexations in
            the ſearch of Truth, which the wiſe
            Solomon, by his own experience did
            ſo much complain of: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Eccleſ. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">1. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">18.
            <s xml:space="preserve">In much Wiſdom there is much Grief; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">
            and he that increaſeth Knowledg, in-
            creaſeth Sorrow.</s>
            <s xml:space="preserve"/>
            <s xml:space="preserve">To conclude: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Tho there ſhould
            be nothing in this Diſcourſe con-
            ducible to your Information and
            Benefit; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">yet it may ſerve in the
            Peruſal, as it did in the Compoſure,
            for the recreation of ſuch leiſure
            hours, as may conveniently be ſpa-
            red from more weighty Employ-
            ments. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Farewel.</s>
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