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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            would become of that mutual Commerce,
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            whereby the World is now made but as one
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            Common-wealth.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">Voſq; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">mediis in aquis Stellæ, pelagoq; </s>
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            Decretum monſtratis iter, totiq; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">dediſtis,
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            Legibus inventis hominum, commercia mundo.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">’Tis you bright Stars, that in the fearful Sea
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            Does guide the Pilot through his purpos’d way.
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            <s xml:space="preserve">’Tis your direction that doth Commerce give,
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            With all thoſe Men that thro’ the World do live.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">2. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">As this Science is thus profitable in theſe
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            and many other reſpects: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">ſo likewiſe is it
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            equally pleaſant. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">The Eye (ſaith the Phi-
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            loſopher) is the ſenſe of Pleaſure, and
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            there are no delights ſo pure and immate-
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            rial, as thoſe which enter through that
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            Organ. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Now to the Underſtanding, which
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            is the Eye of the Soul, there cannot be any
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            fairer proſpect, than to view the whole Frame
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            of Nature, the Fabrick of this great Vni-
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            verſe, to diſcern that order and comelineſs
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            which there is in the magnitude, ſituation, mo-
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            tion of the ſeveral parts that belong unto it;
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            ty and alteration which there is in the diffe-
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            rent Seaſons of the Year. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">All which muſt
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            needs enter into a Man’s thoughts, with a
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            great deal of ſweetneſs and complacency. </s>
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            And therefore it was that Julius Cæſar, in
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            the Broils and Tumult of the Camp, made
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            choice of his delight:</s>
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            <note position="left" xlink:label="note-0362-01" xlink:href="note-0362-01a" xml:space="preserve">Wiſd. 7.
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            18, 19.</note>
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