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 Earth may be a Planet.
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            <s xml:space="preserve">IT were happy for us, if we could exempt
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            ſies: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">if we could be content to let it be per-
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            fect for that end unto which it was intended,
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            for a Rule of our Faith and Obedience; </s>
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            not ſtretch it alſo to be a Judg of ſuch na-
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            tural Truths, as are to be found out by our
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            own induſtry and experience. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Though the
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            Holy Ghoſt could eaſily have given us a full
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            reſolution of all ſuch particulars; </s>
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            left this travel to the Sons of Men to be exerciſed
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            therewith; </s>
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            Hominum; </s>
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            part, in an inquiſition after the Creatures,
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            we might find the leſs leiſure to wait upon
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            our Luſt, or ſerve our more ſinful Incli-
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            nations.</s>
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            reaſon, with ſo many bitter and empty re-
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            proaches, revile our learned Countryman,</s>
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