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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            him, in the very ſame place, that Time
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            does not abſolutely, and univerſally depend
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            upon the Motion of the Heavens, ſed in mot@
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            & </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">ſucceſſione cujuſlibet durationis, but in any
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            fuch ſucceſſion, by which duration may be
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            meaſured.</s>
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            <note position="left" xlink:label="note-0318-02" xlink:href="note-0318-02a" xml:space="preserve">Gen. c. 1.
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            l. 2. quæſt. 6</note>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">As for that in the Romans, we ſay, that
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            there are other Vanities to which the Hea-
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            venly Bodies are ſubject. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">As firſt, unto
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            many changes and alterations, witnefs thoſe
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            Comets, which at ſeveral times have been
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            diſcerned amongſt them; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">and then like-
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            wife to that general corruption, in which
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            all the Creatures ſhall be involved at the laſt
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            Day. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">When they ſhall paſs away with a great
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            noiſe, and the Elements ſhall melt with fervent
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            beat.</s>
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            <note position="right" xlink:label="note-0319-01" xlink:href="note-0319-01a" xml:space="preserve">2 Pet. 3.
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            10, 12.</note>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">Thus you ſee, there is not any ſuch in-
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            vincible ſtrength in theſe Arguments, as
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            might cauſe the Author of them to tri-
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            umph before-hand with any great noiſe of
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            victory.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">Another Objection like unto theſe, is ta-
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            ken from the Etymology of ſeveral words.
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            </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Thus the Heavens are called Æthera, ab
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            ἀεὶ θεῖν, becauſe they are always in motion; </s>
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            and the Earth Veſta, quia vi ſtat, becauſe of
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            its immobility.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">To which I anſwer: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">’Twere no difficult
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            matter to find ſuch proofs for this opinion,
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            as well as againſt it.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">Thus we may ſay, that the Hebrew word
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            ערא, is derived from עער, quia currit; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">and
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            Terra, non quod teratur, ſed quod perenni</s>
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