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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            <s xml:space="preserve">But you'l reply, though it do not neceſſa-
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            rily conclude, yet ’tis probable, if there had
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            been another World, we ſhould have had ſome
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            notice of it in Scripture.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">I anſwer, ’tis as probable that the Scripture
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            ſhould have informed us of the Planets, they
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            being very remarkable parts of the Creation;
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            </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">and yet neither Moſes, nor Job, nor the Pſalms,
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            (the places moſt frequent in Aſtronomical Ob-
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            ſervations) nor any other Scripture mention
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            any of them, but the Sun and Moon. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Be-
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            cauſe the difference betwixt them and the
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            other Stars, was known only to thoſe who
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            were Learned Men, and had skill in Aſtrono-
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            my. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">As for that expreſſion in Job רקב וביןי
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            the Stars of the Morning, it is in the plural
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            Number, and therefore cannot properly be
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            applyed to Venus. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">And for that in Iſaiab ליגת
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            ’tis confeſſed to be a word of obſcure Interpre-
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            tation, and therefore is but by gueſs Tranſla-
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            ted in that Senſe. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">It being a true and com-
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            mon Rule, that Hebræi rei ſideralis minime
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            curioſi cœleſtium nominum penuriâ laborant. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">The
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            Fews being but little skilled in Aſtronomy,
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            their Language does want proper Expreſſions
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            for the Heavenly Bodies, and therefore they
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            are fane ſometimes to attribute the ſame name
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            unto divers Conſtellations.</s>
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            <note position="right" xlink:label="note-0033-01" xlink:href="note-0033-01a" xml:space="preserve">Job. 38. 7.</note>
            <note position="right" xlink:label="note-0033-02" xlink:href="note-0033-02a" xml:space="preserve">Iſa. 14. 12.</note>
            <note position="right" xlink:label="note-0033-03" xlink:href="note-0033-03a" xml:space="preserve">From@nd.
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            Veſta. t. 3.
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            cap. 2.
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            So 2 Reg.
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            23. 5.
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            מולות
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            Which is
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            interpre-
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            ted both
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            for the
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            Plannets
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            and for the
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            12 Signs.</note>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">Now if the Holy Ghoſt had intended to re-
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            veal unto us any Natural Secrets, certainly
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            he would never have omitted the mention of
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            the Planets, Zuorum motu nibil eſt quod de
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            Conditoris ſapientiâ teſtatur Evidentius apud eos
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            qui capiunt. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Which do ſo evidently ſet forth
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            the Wiſdom of the Creator. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">And therefore</s>
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