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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            ſeſs an Eternity of well-being, and far greater
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            happineſs than that which is enjoyed in the
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            Moon. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">So that when a Man dies, if his Soul
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            be much polluted, then muſt it wander up and
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            down in the middle region of the air, whereHell
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            is, & </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">there ſuffer unſpeakable torments for thoſe
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            Sins whereof he is guilty. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Whereas the Souls of
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            better Men, when they have in ſome ſpace of
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            time been purged from that Impurity which
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            they did derive from the Body, then do they
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            return into the Moon, where they are poſſeſt
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            with ſuch a Joy, as thoſe Men feel who pro-
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            feſs holy Myſteries, from which place, ſaith
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            he, ſome are ſent down to have the Superin-
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            tendence of Oracles, being diligent either in
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            the preſervation of the good, either from, or
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            in, all perils, and the prevention of puniſhment
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            of all wicked Actions; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">but if in theſe Em-
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            ployments they miſ-behave themſelves, then
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            are they again to be impriſoned in a Body, o-
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            therwiſe they remain in the Moon, till their
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            Souls be reſolv’d into it, and the underſtan-
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            ding being clear’d from all impediments, aſ-
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            cends to the Sun which is its proper place. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">But
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            this requires a diverſe ſpace of time, according
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            to the divers afſections of the Soul. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">As for
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            thoſe who have been retir’d and honeſt, addi-
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            cting themſelves to a ſtudious and quiet Life,
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            theſe are quickly preferred to a higher Happi-
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            neſs. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">But as for ſuch who have buſied them-
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            ſelves in many Broils, or have been vehement
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            in the proſecution of any Luſt, as the Ambiti-
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            ous, the Amorous, the wrathful Man, theſe ſtill
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            retain the glimpſes and Dreams of ſuch things
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            as they have perform’d in their Bodies, which</s>
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