Full text: Wilkins, John: A discovery of a new world

In reference to this, doth the Scripture
ſpeak of ſome common natural effects, as if
their true cauſes were altogether inſcruta-
ble, and not to be found out, becauſe they
were generally ſo eſteemed by the Vulgar. Thus of the Wind it is ſaid, That none know whence it cometh, nor whither it go [?] eth. In another place, God is ſaid to bring it out of his Treaſures: And elſewhere it is called the Breath of God. And ſo like- wiſe of the Thunder; concerning which
Job propoſes this queſtion, The Thunder of his Power who can underſtand? And there-
fore too David does ſo often ſtile it, thè Voice of God. All which places ſeem to im-
ply, that the cauſe of theſe things was not
to be diſcovered, which yet later Philoſo-
phers pretend to know: So that according
to their conſtruction, theſe phraſes are to be
underſtood, in relation unto their ignorance
unto whom theſe Speeches were immediatly


Joh. 3. 8.
Jer. 10. 13.
@iem. c. 51.
37. 10.
תמ [?] מ
job 26.
Pſ. 2. 9.
& 3.4, & c.

For this reaſon is it: Why, tho there be
in nature many other cauſes of Springs and
Rivers than the Sea, yet Solomon (who was
a great Philoſopher, and perhaps not igno-
rant of them) does mention only this, be-
cauſe moſt obvious, and eaſily apprehended
by the Vulgar. Unto all theſe Scriptures, I
might add that in Amos 5. 8. which ſpeaks
of the Conſtellation, commonly called the
Seven Stars; whereas, later diſcoveries
have found that there are but ſix of them
diſcernable to the bare eye, as appears by


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