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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            brought out where one might ſhew him the
            great Ocean, telling him the quality of that
            Water, that it is brackiſh, ſalt, and not pota-
            ble, and yet there were many vaſt Creatures
            of all Forms living in it, which make uſe of
            that water as we do of the Air, queſtionleſs
            he would laugh at all this, as being monſtrous
            Lies and Fables, without any colur of Truth.
            <s xml:id="echoid-s240" xml:space="preserve">Juſt ſo will this Truth, which I now deliver,
            appear unto others; </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s241" xml:space="preserve">becauſe we never dreamt
            of any ſuch matter as a World in the Moon; </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s242" xml:space="preserve">
            becauſe the State of that place hath as yet been
            vail'd from our Knowledge, therefore we can
            ſcarcely aſſent to any ſuch matter. </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s243" xml:space="preserve">Things
            are very hardly received which are altogether
            ſtrange to our Thoughts and our Senſes. </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s244" xml:space="preserve">
            The Soul may with leſs difficulty be brought
            to believe any abſurdity, when as it has for-
            merly been acquainted with ſome Colours and
            Probabilities for it; </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s245" xml:space="preserve">but when a new, and un-
            heard of Truth ſhall come before it, though it
            have good Grounds and Reaſons, yet the un-
            derſtanding is aſraid of it as a ſtranger, and
            dares not admit it into his Belief, without a
            great deal of Reluctancy and Tryal. </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s246" xml:space="preserve">And be-
            ſides, things that are not manifeſted to the
            Senſes, are not aſſented unto without ſome
            Labour of Mind, ſome Travel and Diſcourſe
            of the underſtanding; </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s247" xml:space="preserve">and many lazy Souls
            had rather quietly repoſe themſelves in an eaſie
            Errour, than take Pains to ſearch out the
            Truth. </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s248" xml:space="preserve">The ſtrangeneſs then of this Opinion
            which I now deliver, will be a great hindrance
            to its belief, but this is not to be reſpected by
            reaſon it cannot be helped. </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s249" xml:space="preserve">I have ſtood </s>