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

That the Earth may be a Planet. have broken the Vipers Eggs; alluding to
that common but fabulous ſtory of the Vi-
per, who breaks his paſlage through the
Bowels of the Female. So Pſal. 58. 4, 5. where the Prophet ſpeaks of the deaf Ad-
der, that ſtops her Ears againſt the Voice of
the Charmer. Both which relations (if we
may believe many Naturaliſts) are as falſe
as they are common: and yet, becauſe they
were entertained with the general opinion
of thoſe days, therefore doth the Holy Ghoſt
vouchſafe to allude unto them in Holy Writ. ’Tis a plain miſtake of Fromondus, when in
anſwer to theſe places, he is fain to ſay,
that they are uſed proverbially only, and do
not poſitively conclude any thing. For
when David writes theſe words, that they
are like the deaf Adder, which ſtoppeth her
Ears, & c. This affirmation is manifeſtly
implied, That the deaf Adder does ſtop
her Ears againſt the Voice of the Charmer: which becauſe it is not true in the Letter of
it, (as was ſaid before) therefore ’tis very
probable, that it ſhould be interpreted in the
ſame ſenſe wherein here it is cited.


Tract 3.
cap. 3.

In reference to this alſo, we are to con-
ceive of thoſe other expreſſions; Cold com-
eth out of the North, Job 37. 9. And again,
Fair Weather comes out of the North, ver. 22. So ver. 17. Thy Garments are warm, when he
quieteth the Earth by the South Wind. And,
Prov. 25. 23. The North Wind driveth away
Rain. Which Phraſes do not contain in
them any abſolute general Truth, but can


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