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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That the Moon may be a World.
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            Earth, in the Writings of Gopernicus and his
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            Followers, unto whom, for Brevities ſake, I
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            will refer them.</s>
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          <head xml:space="preserve">PROP. IX.</head>
          <head style="it" xml:space="preserve">That there are high Mountains, deep Vallies, and
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          ſpacious Plains in the Body of the Moon.</head>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">THough there are ſome, who think Moun-
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            tains to be a deformity to the Earth, as
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            if they were either beat up by the Floud, or
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            elſe caſt up like ſo many Heaps of Rubbiſh
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            left at the Creation; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">yet if well confider’d,
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            they will be found as much to conduce to the
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            Beauty and Conveniency of the Univerſe, as
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            any of the other parts. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Nature (ſaith Pliny)
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            purpoſely framed them for many excellent uſes:
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            <s xml:space="preserve">partly to tame the Violence of greater Rivers,
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            to ſtrengthen certain Joynts within the Veins
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            and Bowels of the Earth, to break the Force
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            of the Seas Inundation, and for the ſafety of
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            the Earths Inhabitants, whether Beaſts or Men. </s>
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            That they make much for the Protection of
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            Beaſts, the Pſalmiſt teſtifies, The high Hills
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            are a refuge for the wild Goats, and the Recks for
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            the Gonies. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">The Kingly Prophet had likewiſe
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            learned the ſafety of theſe by his own Experi-
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            ence, when he alſo was fain to make a Moun-
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            tain his Refuge from the Fury of his Maſter
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            Saul, who perſecuted him in the Wilderneſs.</s>
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            <note position="right" xlink:label="note-0089-01" xlink:href="note-0089-01a" xml:space="preserve">Pſal. 104.
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            v. 18.</note>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">True indeed, ſuch places as theſe keep their
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            Neighbours poor, as being moſt barren, but
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            yet they preſerve them ſafe, as being moſt
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            ſtrong; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">witneſs our unconquered Wales and</s>
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