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

That the Earth may be a Planet. ſtant than Man, for that knows its circuits,
and whirleth about continually, ver. 6. whereas
our life paſſeth away as doth the V Vind, but re-
turneth not again.



4. From the Sea; tho it be as uncertain
as the Moon, by whom ’tis governed, yet is
it more durable than Man and his Happi-
neſs. For tho the Rivers run into it, and
from it, yet is it ſtill of the ſame quantity
that it was at the beginning, verſ. 7. But
Man grows worſer, as he grows older, and
ſtill nearer to a decay. So that in this re-
ſpect, he is much inferior to many other of
his fellow Creatures.

From whence it is manifeſt; that this con-
ſtancy, or ſtanding of the Earth, is not op-
poſed to its local motion, but to the chang-
ing or paſſing away of divers Men in their
ſeveral Generations. And therefore, thence
to conclude the Earth's Immobility, were as
weak and ridiculous, as if one ſhould argue
thus: One Miller goes, and another comes,
but the Mill remains ſtill; ergo, the Mill hath
no motion.


M. Car-
Geog. l 1.
c. 4.

Or thus; one Pilat goes, and another
comes, but the Ship remains ſtill; ergo, the
Ship doth not ſtir.

R. Moſes tells us, how that many of the Jews did from this place conclude, that So-
lomon thought the Earth to be Eternal, be-
cauſe he ſaith it abideth, םלרעל, for ever; and queſtionleſs, if we examine it impar-
tially, we ſhall find that the phraſe ſeems
more to favour this Abſurdity, than that


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