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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            that is, from which theſe Motions that Co-
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            pernicus aſcribes unto the Earth, does pro-
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            ceed. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Whether or no it be ſome Animal
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            Power that does aſſiſt (as Ariſtotle), or in-
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            form (as Keplar thinks), or elſe ſome other
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            natural motive Quality which is intrinſical
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            unto it.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">We may obſerve, That when the proper
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            genuine cauſe of any Motion is not obvious,
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            Men are very prone to attribute unto that
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            which they diſcern to be the moſt frequent
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            Original of it in other things, Life. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Thus
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            the Stoicks affirm, the Soul of the Water to
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            be the cauſe of the ebbing and flowing of
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            the Sea. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Thus others think the Wind to
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            proceed from the Life of the Air, whereby
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            it is able to move it ſelf ſeveral ways, as
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            other living Creatures. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">And upon the
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            ſame grounds do the Platonicks, Stoicks, and
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            ſome of the Peripateticks, affirm the Hea-
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            vens to be animated. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">From hence likewiſe
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            it is, that ſo many do maintain Ariſtotle his
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            Opinion concerning Intelligences: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">which ſome
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            of his Followers, the School-men, do con-
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            firm out of Scripture; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">from that place in
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            Matth. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">24. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">29. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">where ’tis ſaid, The Powers
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            of the Heavens ſhall be ſhaken. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">In which
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            words, by Powers, (ſay they) are meant
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            the Angels, by vvhoſe power it is that the
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            Heavens are moved. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">And ſo likewiſe in that,
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            Fob 9. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">13. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">vvhere the Vulgar has it, Sub
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            quo curvantur, qui portant orbem; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">that is,
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            the Intelligences. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Which Text, might ſerve
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            altogether as vvell to prove the Fable of</s>
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