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 Eartb may be a Planet.
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            ſtance from the Earth, and no nearer or far-
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            ther. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">And beſides, this Argument might as
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            well be urged againſt the Hypotheſis of Pto-
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            lomy or Tycbo, ſince the Stars, for ought
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            we know, might have been as ſerviceable to
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            us, if they had been placed far nearer than
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            either of thoſe Authors ſuppoſe them. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">A-
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            gain, were there any force in ſuch a Conſe-
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            quence, it would as well conclude a great
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            improvidence of Nature, in making ſuch a
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            multitude of thoſe leſſer Stars, which have
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            lately been diſcovered by the Perſpective.
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            <s xml:space="preserve">For to what purpoſe ſhould ſo many Lights
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            be created for the uſe of Man, ſince his Eyes
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            were not able to diſcern them? </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">So that our
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            diſability to comprehend all thoſe ends
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            which might be aimed at in the Works of
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            Nature, can be no ſufficient Argument to
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            prove their ſuperfluity. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Though Scripture
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            tells us, that theſe things were made for
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            our uſe, yet it does not tell us, that this is
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            their only end. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">’Tis not impoſſible, but that
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            there may be elſewhere ſome other Inhabi-
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            tants, by whom theſe leſſer Stars may be
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            more plainly diſcerned. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">And (as was ſaid
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            before) why may not we affirm that of the
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            bigneſs, which our Adverſaries do concern-
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            ing the motion of the Heavens? </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">That God,
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            to ſhew his own immenſity, did put a kind
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            of infinity in the Creature.</s>
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            <note position="left" xlink:label="note-0276-01" xlink:href="note-0276-01a" xml:space="preserve">Eccl.8.17.</note>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">There is yet another Argument to this
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            purpoſe, urged by
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            Al. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Roſſ. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">which was not
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            referred to any of the former kind, becauſe
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            I could ſcarcely believe I did rightly under-</s>
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