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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332152That the Earth may be a Planet. aſcending ſome high Tower, to ſave the
labour of ſtirring his Head, ſhould rather
deſire that all the Regions might ſucceſſively
be turned before his Eye, that ſo he might
eaſily take a view of them.
We allow every Watch-maker ſo much
wiſdom, as not to put any Motion in his
Inſtrument, which is ſuperfluous, or may be
ſupplied an eaſier way :
And ſhall we not
think that Nature has as much providence
as every ordinary Mechanick?
Or can we
imagine that She ſhould appoint thoſe nu-
merous and vaſt Bodies, the Stars, to com-
paſs us with ſuch a ſwift and reſtleſs Mo-
tion, ſo full of confuſion and uncertain-
ties, when as all this might as well be
done by the Revolution of this little Ball of
Arg. 3. Amongſt the ſeveral parts of
the World, there are ſix Planets which are
generally granted to move.
As for the Sun
and the Earth, and the fixed Stars, it is
yet in queſtion, which of them are natu-
rally indowed with the ſame condition.
Now common reaſon will dictate unto us,
that Motion is moſt agreeable to that which
in kind and properties is moſt near to thoſe
Bodies that undoubtedly are moved.
now there is one eminent qualification,
wherein the Earth does agree with the Pla-
whereas the Sun, together with the
fixed Stars, do in the ſame reſpect differ
from them :
and that is Light, which all
the Planets, and ſo too the Earth, are

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