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 Earth may be a Planet.
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            <s xml:space="preserve">Not much unlike this fooliſh ſuperſtition
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            of theirs, is that cuſtom of many Artiſts a-
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            mongſt us; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">who upon the invention of any
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            new Secret, will preſently find out ſome ob-
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            ſcure Text or other to Father it upon; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">as
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            if the Holy Ghoſt muſt needs take notice of
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            every particular, which their partial Fan-
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            cies did over-value.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">Nor are they altogether guiltleſs of this
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            Fault, who look for any Secrets of Nature
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            from the words of Scripture; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">or will exa-
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            mine all its expreſſions by the exact Rules of
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            Philoſophy.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">Unto what ſtrange Abſurdities this falſe
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            Imagination of the learneder Jews hath ex-
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            poſed them, may be manifeſt by a great mul-
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            titude of Examples. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">I will mention only
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            ſome few of them. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Hence it is, that they
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            prove the ſhin-bone of Og the Giant to be
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            above three leagues long: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Or (which is a
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            more modeſt relation) that Moſes being
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            fourteen Cubits in ſtature, having a Spear
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            ten ells in length, and leaping up ten Cubits,
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            could touch this Giant but on the Ancle.
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            <s xml:space="preserve">All which, they can confirm unto you by a
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            cabaliſtical interpretation of this ſtory, as
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            it is ſet down in Scripture. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Hence it is, that
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            they tell us of all thoſe ſtrange Beaſts which
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            ſhall be ſeen at the coming of the Meſſi{as}: </s>
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            as firſt, the Ox, which Job calls Behemoth,
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            that every day devours the Graſs on a thou-
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            ſand Mountains; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">as you may ſee it in the
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            Pſalm, where David mentions the Cattel,
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            or @לא@’ררתב upon a thouſand Hills. </s>
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