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">Motion being not a proper Object of the
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            Sight, nor belonging to any other peculiar
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            Senſe, muſt therefore be judged of by the
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            ſenſus communis, which is liable to miſtake
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            <s xml:space="preserve">becauſe it apprehends the
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            Eye it ſelf to reſt immovable, whilſt it does
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            not feel any Effects of this Motion in the
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            Body: </s>
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            Ship; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">ſo that Senſe is but an ill Judg of Na-
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            tural Secrets. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">’Tis a good Rule of Plato,
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            EIS Τ
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            ν{ου}ν ἀφορᾶνδ{εῖ} ΦιλόοοΦον {καὶ}μὴεις τ{ὴυ}
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            ὅψν A Philoſopher muſt not be carried
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            <s xml:space="preserve">If
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            this were a good Conſequence, The Earth
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            does not move, becauſe it does not appear
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            ſo to us; </s>
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            it does move when we go upon the Water; </s>
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            according to the Verſe:</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">Or if ſuch Arguments would hold, it were
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            an eaſy matter to prove the Sun and Moon
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            not ſo big as a Hat, or the fixed Stars as a
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            Candle.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">Yea, but if the Motions of the Heavens
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            Motion of the Clouds will be ſo too, ſince
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            the Eye may be as well deceived in the one
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            as the other.</s>
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            <note position="left" xlink:label="note-0288-01" xlink:href="note-0288-01a" xml:space="preserve">Al. Roſſ.
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            be only apparent, and not real, then the
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            l. 1. ſect.1.
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            cap.1.</note>
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