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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[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.
Earth, in the Writings of Gopernicus and his
Followers, unto whom, for Brevities ſake, I
will refer them.

PROP. IX.

That there are high Mountains, deep Vallies, and
ſpacious Plains in the Body of the Moon.

THough there are ſome, who think Moun-
tains to be a deformity to the Earth, as
if they were either beat up by the Floud, or
elſe caſt up like ſo many Heaps of Rubbiſh
left at the Creation;
yet if well confider’d,
they will be found as much to conduce to the
Beauty and Conveniency of the Univerſe, as
any of the other parts.
Nature (ſaith Pliny)
purpoſely framed them for many excellent uſes:
partly to tame the Violence of greater Rivers,
to ſtrengthen certain Joynts within the Veins
and Bowels of the Earth, to break the Force
of the Seas Inundation, and for the ſafety of
the Earths Inhabitants, whether Beaſts or Men.

That they make much for the Protection of
Beaſts, the Pſalmiſt teſtifies, The high Hills
Pſal. 104.
v. 18.
are a refuge for the wild Goats, and the Recks for
the Gonies.
The Kingly Prophet had likewiſe
learned the ſafety of theſe by his own Experi-
ence, when he alſo was fain to make a Moun-
tain his Refuge from the Fury of his Maſter
Saul, who perſecuted him in the Wilderneſs.
True indeed, ſuch places as theſe keep their
Neighbours poor, as being moſt barren, but
yet they preſerve them ſafe, as being moſt
ſtrong;
witneſs our unconquered Wales and

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