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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            the World. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Secondly, the Earth’s annual
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            motion about it, as being one of the Planets:
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            <s xml:space="preserve">Thirdly, its diurnal revolution, whereby it
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            cauſed day and night.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">To his ſecond reaſon I anſwer: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Firſt, that
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            Pythagor as thought the Earth to be one of
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            the Planets (as appears by Ariſtotle’s Teſti-
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            mony concerning him) and to move amongſt
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            the reſt. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">So that his Opinion concerning
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            the motion of the Heavens, is not inconſiſt-
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            ent with that of the Earth. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Secondly,
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            but as for the Coeleſtial Harmony, he might
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            perhaps under this myſtical expreſſion,
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            according to his uſual Cuſtom, ſhadow forth
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            unto us that mutual proportion and Har-
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            monical conſent, which he did conceive in
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            the ſeveral bigneſs, diſtance, motions of
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            the Orbs. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">So that notwithſtanding theſe ob-
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            jections, it is evident that Pythagor as was of
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            this Opinion, and that his Authority may add
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            ſomewhat for the confirmation of it. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Unto
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            him aſlented
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            Ariſtarchus Samius, who flouri-
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            ſhed about 280 years before the Birth of our
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            Saviour, and was by reaſon of this Opinion,
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            arraigned for Prophanefs and Sacriledge by
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            the Areopagites, becauſe he had blaſphemed
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            the Deity of Veſta, affitming the Earth to
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            move. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">To them agreed Philolaus, Her aclides,
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            Pontius, Nicetas, Syracuſanus, Ecphantus, Lu-
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            cippus, and Plato himſelf (as ſome think.) </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">o
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            likewiſe Numa Pompilius, as Plut arch relates
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            it in his Life; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">who in reference to this Opini-
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            on, built the Temple of Veſta round, like the
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            Univerſe: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">In the middle of it was placed the</s>
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