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

That the Earth may be a Planet. to underſtand theſe expreffions in Pythago-
ras, Plato, Ariſtotle. The Poets count the
South to be towards the left, and the North
the right hand. Thus Lucan, ſpeaking of the Arabians coming unto Theſſaly, ſays:


De Cælo,
lib. 2. c. 2.
De pla-
cit. Philoſ.
lib. 2. c. 10.
Lib. 3.

Ignotum vobis Arabes veniſtis in orbem: Vmbras mir ati nemorum, non ire ſiniſtr as. The Augures taking their Obſervations at
the Eaſt, count the South to be at their
right hand, and the North their left: So
that theſe Denominations have not any real
ground in the nature of the things, but are
impoſed upon them by the Scripture phraſe,
in reference to the account and opinion of
the Jews.

Thus alſo, becauſe heretofore it was ge-
nerally received, that the Heart was the
principal Seat of the Faculties; therefore
doth the Spirit apply himſelf unto this com-
mon Tenent; and in many places, attributes
Wiſdom and Underſtanding to the Heart. Whereas, to ſpeak properly, the reaſon and
diſcurſive Faculties have their principal re-
ſidence in the Head (ſaith Galen and Hippo-
crates, together with the generality of our
later Phyſicians) becauſe they are hindred
in their Operations by the diſtempers of that
part, and recovered by Medicines applied
unto it.


D. Hakwel
Apol. l. 1,
c. 1. ſect. 2.
Prov. 8 5.
& 10. 8.
Eccl. 1. 13,
16, 17.
& 8. 5.

So likewiſe are we to underſtand thoſe
other places; Iſa. 59. 5. where ſome Tran-
ſlations read it, Ova Aſpidum ruperunt, they


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