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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            Gallilæ{us} his Glaſs; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">the ſeventh of them be-
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            ing but a deceit of the eye, ariſing from
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            their too great nearneſs; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">and if a Man try,
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            in a clear Night, to number them diſtinctly,
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            he ſhall find that there will ſometimes appear
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            but ſix, and ſometimes more.</s>
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            <note position="left" xlink:label="note-0234-07" xlink:href="note-0234-07a" xml:space="preserve">Eccl. 1.7.</note>
            <note position="left" xlink:label="note-0234-08" xlink:href="note-0234-08a" xml:space="preserve">Job 9. 9.
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            Item 33.
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            51.</note>
            <note position="right" xlink:label="note-0235-01" xlink:href="note-0235-01a" xml:space="preserve">Vide Fro-
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            mond.</note>
            <note position="right" xlink:label="note-0235-02" xlink:href="note-0235-02a" xml:space="preserve">Mite. l. 3.
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            c. 1. art. 1.</note>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">True indeed, the original word of this
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            Scripture המ’ב, does not neceſſarily imply
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            any ſuch number in its ſignification, but yet
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            our Engliſh Tranſlation renders it the ſe-
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            ven Stars; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">and if it had been expreſly ſo
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            in the Original too, it might have ſpoken
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            true enough, becauſe they are uſually eſteem-
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            ed of that number. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">And when it had been
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            ſaid, He made the ſeven Stars, and Orion, we
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            might eaſily have underſtood the words
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            thus: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">He made thoſe Conſtellations that
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            are commonly known unto us under ſuch
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            names.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">From all theſe Scriptures, ’tis clearly ma-
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            nifeſt, that it is a frequent cuſtom for the
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            Holy Ghoſt to ſpeak of natural Things, ra-
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            ther according to their appearance and com-
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            mon opinion, than the truth it ſelf. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Now
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            it is very plain, and our Enemies themſelves
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            do grant it, that if the World had been
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            framed according to the Syſteme of Coperni-
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            c{us}, Futurum eſſet ut vulg{us}, de Solis motu & </s>
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            Terræ ſtatu proinde ut nunc loquerctur. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">The
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            vulgar phraſe would have been the ſame as
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            now it is, when it ſpeaks of the Sun's Mo-
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            tion, and the Earth's ſtanding ſtill.</s>
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            <note position="right" xlink:label="note-0235-03" xlink:href="note-0235-03a" xml:space="preserve">Fromond.</note>
            <note position="right" xlink:label="note-0235-04" xlink:href="note-0235-04a" xml:space="preserve">Antar.
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            c. 6.</note>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">Wherefore ’tis not improbable, that ſuch
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            kind of Scripture-expreſſions, are to be un-</s>
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