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

That the Earth may be a Planet. tranſlate it, endureth. For it is not the pur-
poſe of this place, to deny all kind of mo-
tion to the whole Earth: but that of Ge-
neration and Corruption, to which other
things in it are liable, And though Pineda,
and others, keep a great deal of imperti-
nent ſtir about this Scripture, yet they grant
this to be the natural meaning of it; which
you may more clearly diſcern, if you conſi-
der the chief ſcope of this Book; wherein
the Preacher's intent is, to ſhew the extra-
ordinary vanity of all earthly Content-
ments, ver. 2. the utter unprofitableneſs of
all a Man's Labours, ver. 3. And this he il-
luſtrates, by the ſhortneſs and uncertainty
of his Life; in which reſpect, he is below
many of his fellow Creatures, as may be
maniſeſted from theſe four Compariſons.

1. From the Earth, which tho it ſeem to
be but as the Sediment of the World, as the
Rubbiſh of the Creation; yet is this bet-
ter than Man in reſpect of his laſtingneſs,
for one Generation paſſeth away, and another
cometh; but the Earth, that abideth for ever,
ver. 4.

2. From the Sun; who, though he ſeem
frequently to go down, yet he conſtantly
ſeems to riſe again, and ſhines with the ſame
glory, ver. 5. But Man dieth and waſteth a-
way; yea, Man giveth up the Ghoſt; and
where is he? He lieth down, and riſeth not, till
the Heavens be no more.


Job 14.
10, 12.

3. From the Wind, the common Em-
blem of Uncertainty; vet it is more con-


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