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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355175That the Earth may be a Planet. the World may think, yet it is not a vaſt
Eſtate, a Noble Birth, an eminent place,
that can add any thing to our true real
Worth;
but it muſt be the degrees of that
which makes us Men, that muſt make us
better Men, the endowments of our Soul,
the enlargement of our Reaſon.
Were it
not for the contemplation of Philoſophy,
the Heathen Seneca would not ſo much 11Præf. ad
lib. 1. Nat.
Quæſt.
thank the Gods for his Being;
Niſi ad hæc
admitterer non fuit opere pretium naſci.
De-
trahe hoc ineſtimabile bonum, non eſt vita tanti,
ut ſudem, ut æſtuem.
Take but away this
benefit, and he would not think Life worth
the ſweating for.
So much happineſs could
he diſcern in the Studies of Nature.
And
therefore as a Science in general, it may ve-
ry well deſerve our Love and Induſtry.
2. Conſider it as ſuch a particular Sci-
ence, Aſtronomy:
The word ſignifies, the
Law of the Stars;
and the Hebrews (who
do not ordinarily admit of compoſition)
call it, in two words, ם'טש תוקח, Cœ-
22Job 38. 53
Jer. 33. 25.
lorum ſtatuta, or the Ordinances of Heaven;
becauſe they are governed in their Courſes
by a certain Rule, as the Pſalmiſt ſpeaks, in
Pſal.
148. 6. God has given them a Law which
ſhall not be broken.
Now this, of all other natural Sciences,
may beſt of all challenge our Induſtry;
and
that, whether you conſider it,
1. Abſolutely, as it is in it ſelf: Or,
2. As it ſtands in reference to us.

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