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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            vaniſh. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">To this purpoſe, ſome urge that
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            ſpeech of our Saviour, where he bids Simon
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            to launch forth into the deep; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">the Latin
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            word is, in altum; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">from whence they ga-
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            ther, that the Sea is higher than the Land.
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            <s xml:space="preserve">But this ſavours ſo much of Monkiſh Igno-
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            rance, that it deſerves rather to be laughed
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            at, than to be anſwered.</s>
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            <note position="left" xlink:label="note-0242-01" xlink:href="note-0242-01a" xml:space="preserve">Luk. 5. 24.
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            ’Eις τὰ βα-
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            <s xml:space="preserve">But now if we conſider the true Proper-
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            ties of this Element, according to the Rules
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            of Philoſophy; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">we ſhall find, that its not
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            overflowing the Land, is ſo far from being
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            a Miracle, that it is a neceſſary conſequence
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            of its Nature; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">and ’twould rather be a Mi-
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            racle, if it ſhould be otherwiſe, as it was
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            in the general Deluge. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">The reaſon is, be-
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            cauſe the Water of it ſelf muſt neceſſarily
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            deſcend to the loweſt place; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">which it can-
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            not do, unleſs it be collected in a ſphærical
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            Form, as you may plainly diſcern in this
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            Figure.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">Where the Sea at D may ſeem to be higher
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            than a Mountain at B, or C, becauſe the</s>
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