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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            other School-men, ſeems to be vvithout all
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            reaſon; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">who make the Faculty, whereby
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            the Angels move the Orbs, to be the very
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            ſame with their Underſtandings and Will:
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            <s xml:space="preserve">So that if an Angel do but meerly ſuſpend
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            the Act of willing their Motion, they muſt
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            neceſſarily ſtand ſtill; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">and on the contrary,
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            his only willing them to move, ſhall be e-
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            nough to carry them about in their ſeveral
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            Courſes. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Since it were then a needleſs
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            thing for Providence to have appointed
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            Angels unto this buſineſs, which might have
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            been done as well by the only Will of God. </s>
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            And beſides, how are the Orbs capable of
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            perceiving this Will in the Intelligences? </s>
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            Or if they were, yet what motive Faculty
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            have they of themſelves, which can inable
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            them to obey it?</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">Now, as it would be with the Heavens;
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            <s xml:space="preserve">ſo likewiſe is it with the Earth, which may
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            be turned about in its Diurnal Revolution,
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            without the help of Intelligences, by ſome
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            motive Power of its own, that may be in-
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            trinſical unto it.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">If it be yet inquired, What cauſe there
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            is of its Annual Motion? </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">I anſwer: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">’Tis
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            eaſily conceivable, how the ſame Principle
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            may ſerve for both theſe, ſince they tend the
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            ſame way, from Weſt to Eaſt.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">However, that Opinion of Keplar is not
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            very improbable, That all the Primary
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            Planets are moved round by the Sun,
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            which once in twenty five, or twenty ſix</s>
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