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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[41. PROP. XII.]
[42. PROP. XIII.]
[43. PROP. XIV.]
[44. FINIS.]
[45. A DISCOURSE Concerning a Rem Planet. Tending to prove That ’tis probable our EARTH is one of the PLANETS. The Second Book. By John Wilkins, late L. Biſhop of Cheſter.]
[46. LONDON: Printed by J. D. for John Gellibrand, at the Golden Ball in St. Paul’s Church-Yard. M.DC.LXXXIV.]
[47. To the Reader.]
[48. PROP. I.]
[49. PROP. II.]
[50. PROP. III.]
[51. PROP. IV.]
[52. PROP. V.]
[53. PROP. VI.]
[54. PROP. VII. PROP. VIII. PROP. IX. PROP. X.]
[55. That the EARTH May be a PLANET. PROP. I.]
[56. PROP. II.]
[57. PROP. III.]
[58. PROP. IV.]
[59. PROP. V. That the Scripture, in its proper conſtru-ction, does not any where affirm the Immobility of the Earth.]
[60. PROP. VI. That there is not any Argument from the Words of Scripture, Principles of Na-ture, or Obſervations in Aſtronomy, which can ſuſſiciently evidence the Earth to be in the Gentre of the Uni-verſe.]
[61. PROP. VII. Tis probable that the Sun is in the Gentre of the World.]
[62. PROP. VIII. That there is not any ſufficient reaſon to prove the Earth incapable of thoſe mo-tions which Copernicus aſcribes un-to it.]
[63. Provebimur portu, terræque, verbeſq; recedunt.]
[64. PROP. IX. That it is more probable the Earth does move, than the Sun or Heavens.]
[65. PROP. X. That this Hypotheſis is exactly agreeable to common appearances.]
[66. Quicunq; ſolam mente præcipiti petit]
[67. Brevem replere non valentis ambitum, # Pudebit aucti nominis.]
[68. FINIS.]
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That the Moon may be a World.
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            Earth, in the Writings of Gopernicus and his
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            Followers, unto whom, for Brevities ſake, I
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          <head xml:space="preserve">PROP. IX.</head>
          <head style="it" xml:space="preserve">That there are high Mountains, deep Vallies, and
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          ſpacious Plains in the Body of the Moon.</head>
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            tains to be a deformity to the Earth, as
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            if they were either beat up by the Floud, or
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            elſe caſt up like ſo many Heaps of Rubbiſh
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            left at the Creation; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">yet if well confider’d,
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            they will be found as much to conduce to the
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            Beauty and Conveniency of the Univerſe, as
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            any of the other parts. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Nature (ſaith Pliny)
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            purpoſely framed them for many excellent uſes:
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            <s xml:space="preserve">partly to tame the Violence of greater Rivers,
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            to ſtrengthen certain Joynts within the Veins
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            and Bowels of the Earth, to break the Force
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            of the Seas Inundation, and for the ſafety of
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            the Earths Inhabitants, whether Beaſts or Men. </s>
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            That they make much for the Protection of
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            Beaſts, the Pſalmiſt teſtifies, The high Hills
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            are a refuge for the wild Goats, and the Recks for
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            the Gonies. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">The Kingly Prophet had likewiſe
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            learned the ſafety of theſe by his own Experi-
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            ence, when he alſo was fain to make a Moun-
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            tain his Refuge from the Fury of his Maſter
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            Saul, who perſecuted him in the Wilderneſs.</s>
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            v. 18.</note>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">True indeed, ſuch places as theſe keep their
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            Neighbours poor, as being moſt barren, but
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            yet they preſerve them ſafe, as being moſt
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            ſtrong; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">witneſs our unconquered Wales and</s>
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