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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            with divers ſuch ſtories. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">And 'tis ſcarce
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            credible, that this ſhould have been omitted
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            amongſt the reſt.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">Nay, we have (as many gueſs) ſome
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            hints from prophane Antiquity, of the Mira-
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            cle wrought by Joſhua. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Unto which, ’tis
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            thought, the Ancients did allude, in the Fa-
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            ble of Phaëton, when the Sun was ſo irregu-
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            lar in his courſe, that he burnt ſome part of
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            the World. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">And queſtionleſs then, this
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            whith hapned in later Times, would not
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            have been ſo wholly forgotten. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">'Tis an Ar-
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            gument urged by
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            Origen, That the Eclipſe
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            at our Saviour's Paſſion was not univerſal,
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            becauſe no prophane Author of thoſe times
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            mentions it. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Which Conſequence is the ve-
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            ry ſame with that which is urged in this
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            caſe: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">But by the way, his Antecedent was
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            falſe, ſince
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            Tertullian affirms, That it was
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            recorded among the Roman Annals.</s>
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            <note position="right" xlink:label="note-0213-01" xlink:href="note-0213-01a" xml:space="preserve">* Tract it.
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            35. in Mat.</note>
            <note position="right" xlink:label="note-0213-02" xlink:href="note-0213-02a" xml:space="preserve">+ Apolog @.
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            cap. 21.</note>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">Now, as for that ſtory in Herodotus, where
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            after he had related the flight of Senacherib,
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            he tells us, how the Sun did, four times in
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            the ſpace of 10340 Years, invert his courſe,
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            and riſe in the Weſt; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">which would ſeem ſo
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            unto other Nations, if he had only returned,
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            as many conclude, from this Scripture. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">As
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            for this ſtory, (I ſay) it cannot well be ur-
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            ged as pertinent to the preſent buſineſs, be-
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            cauſe it ſeems to have reference unto Times
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            that never were.</s>
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            <note position="right" xlink:label="note-0213-03" xlink:href="note-0213-03a" xml:space="preserve">Lib. 2. A.</note>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">So that all theſe things being well conſi-
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            dered, we ſhall find it more probable, that</s>
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