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 Moon may be a World.
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            our Gifts, and beat us with our own Wea-
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            pons) hath ſo contriv’d it, that any Truth doth
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            now ſeem diſtaſtful for that very Reaſon, for
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            which Errour is entertain’d: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Novelty. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">For
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            let ſome upſtart Hereſie be ſet abroach, and
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            preſently there are ſome out of a curious Hu-
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            mour; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">others, as if they watched an occaſion of
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            ſingularity, will take it up for Canonical, and
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            make it part of their Creed and Profeſſion;
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            <s xml:space="preserve">whereas ſolitary Truth cannot any where find
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            ſo ready Entertainment; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">but the ſame Novel-
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            ty which is eſteemed the Commendation of
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            Errour, and makes that acceptable, is counted
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            the fault of Truth, and cauſes that to be Re-
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            jected.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">How did the incredulous World gaze at Co-
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            lumbus; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">when he promiſed to diſcover ano-
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            ther part of the Earth, and he could not for
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            a long time, by his Confidence, or Argu-
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            ments, induce any of the Chriſtian Princes, ei-
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            ther to aſſent unto his Opinion, or to go to the
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            charges of an Experiment? </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Now if be, who
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            had ſuch good grounds for his Aſſertion, could
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            find no better Entertainment among the wiſer
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            ſort, and upper end of the World; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">’tis not
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            likely then that this Opinion which I now deli-
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            ver, ſhall receive any thing from Men of theſe
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            Days, eſpecially our Vulgar Wits, but Miſ-
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            belief and Deriſion.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">It hath always been the unhappineſs of new
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            Truths in Philoſophy, to be derided by thoſe
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            that are ignorant of the cauſes of things, and
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            rejected by others, whoſe perverſeneſs ties
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            them to the contrary Opinion, Men whoſe en-
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            vious Pride will not allow any new thing for</s>
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