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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            quod inter tot gentes ferro & </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">igni dividitur.
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            ’Tis but a little Point, which with ſo much
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            ado is diſtributed unto ſo many Nations
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            by Fire and Sword. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">What great matter is
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            it to be a Monarch of a ſmall part of a Point?
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            <s xml:space="preserve">Might not the Ants as well divide a little
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            Mole-hill into divers Provinces, and keep as
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            great a ſtir in diſpoſing of their Govern-
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            ment? </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Punctum eſt illud in quo Navigatis, in
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            quo Bellatis, in quo Regna diſponitis. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">All this
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            place wherein we War, and Travel, and
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            diſpoſe of Kingdoms, is but a Point far leſs
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            than any of thoſe ſmall Stars, that at this
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            diſtance are ſcarce diſcernable. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Which when
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            the Soul does ſeriouſly meditate upon, it
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            will begin to deſpiſe the narrowneſs of its
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            preſent Habitation, and think of providing
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            for it ſelf a Manſion in thoſe wider Spaces
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            above, ſuch as may be more agreeable to the
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            Nobleneſs and Divinity of its Nature.</s>
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            <note position="left" xlink:label="note-0360-01" xlink:href="note-0360-01a" xml:space="preserve">Sen. Nat.
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            Quæſt. l. 1.
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            Nonne &
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            terrena a-
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            nimalia
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            conſider a-
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            tis, quibus
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            præſidere
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            videami-
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            ni ? Nam
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            ſi inter
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            mures vi-
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            deres u-
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            num ali-
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            quem, jus
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            ſibi ac po-
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            teſtatem
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            præ cæteris
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            vindican-
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            tem, quan-
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            to movere-
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            ris cha-
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            chinno,
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            &c.
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            Boëius de
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            Conſol.l.2.</note>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">Why ſhould any one dream of propaga-
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            ting his Name, or ſpreading his Report
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            through the World? </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">when as though he had
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            more Glory than Ambition can hope for;
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            <s xml:space="preserve">yet as long as all this habitable Earth is but
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            an inconſiderable Point, what great matter
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            can there be in that Fame which is included
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            within ſuch ſtrait contracted Limits?</s>
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          <head style="it" xml:space="preserve">Quicunq; ſolam mente præcipiti petit</head>
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          Ibid.</note>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">Summumq; credit gloriam,Late patentes ætheris cernat plagas,Arctumq; terrarum ſitum.</s>
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