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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            in reference to the Horizon, (which com-
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            mon People apprehend to be the bottom,
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            and in the utmoſt bounds of it to join with
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            the Heavens) the Sun does appear in the
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            Morning to riſe up from it, and in the
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            Evening to go down unto it. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Now, I ſay,
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            becauſe the Holy Ghoſt, in the manner of
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            theſe expreſſions, does ſo plainly allude unto
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            vulgar Errors, and the falſe appearance of
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            things: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">therefore 'tis not without probabi-
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            lity, that he ſhould be interpreted in the
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            ſame ſenſe, when he ſeems to imply a mo-
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            tion in the Sun or Heavens.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">2. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">The ſecond place, was that relation in
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            Joſhua; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">where 'tis mentioned as a Miracle,
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            That the Sun did ſtand ſtill. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">And Joſhua
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            ſaid, Sun, ſtand thou ſtill upon Gibeon, and
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            thou Moon in the Valley of Ajalon. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">So the
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            Sun ſtood still in the midst of Heaven, and
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            haſted not to go down about a whole day. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">And
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            there was no day like that, before it, or after
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            it. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">In which place likewiſe, there are di-
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            vers phraſes wherein the Holy Ghoſt does
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            not expreſs things according to their true
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            nature, and as they are in themſelves; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">but
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            according to their appearances, and as
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            they are conceived in common opinion.
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            <s xml:space="preserve">As,</s>
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            <note position="left" xlink:label="note-0208-01" xlink:href="note-0208-01a" xml:space="preserve">Joſh. 10.
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            12, 14,
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            Galslæus
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            maintains
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            the literal
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            ſenſe of
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            this place;
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            towards
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            the end of
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            theat trea-
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            tiſe, which
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            he calls
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            Nov. An-
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            tig. pat.
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            doctrina.</note>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">(I.) </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">When he ſays, Sun, ſtand thou ſtill upoæ
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            Gibeon, or over Gibeon. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Now the whole
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            Earth being ſo little in compariſon to the
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            body of the Sun, and but as a Point, in re-
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            ſpect of that Orb wherein the Sun is ſuppo-
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            ſed to move; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">and Gibeou being, as it were,</s>
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