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Tl’Ægyptians say, the Sun has twice
Ægyptii Decem millia Annorum amplius reo cenfent.; d obfervatum eft in loc tanto Spatio, bis mutata elle Loca Ortuum & Occasua um Solis, ita ut Sol bis ortus fit mbi nunc occiilit, & bis defcenderit ibi nunc oritur. Phil. Melanc. Lib. 1. p. 60.
Some bold the Heavens like a Top,
Caufa quare Cælum non cadit, (secundun Em
pedoclem) est velocitas fui motûs. Comment. in L. 2. Ariftot. de Cælo.
Plato believ'd the Sun and Moon
Plato. Solem & Lunam cæteris Planetis inferi
ores elje putavit. G. Cunnin. in Cosmogr. L. I. p. II.
The Learned Scaliger complain d. Copernicus in Libris Revolutionum, deinde Re
inholdus, post etiam Stadius Mathematicè nobiles perspicuis Demonstrationibus docuerunt, Solis Apsida Terris efle propriorem, quam Ptolomai ætate da:odecim partibus, i. e. 11910 e
triginta terre femidiametris, Jo. Bod. Met.
Hift. p. 455.
Cardan believ'd great States depend, &c. Putat Cardanus, ab extrema Cauda, Helices seu Majoris Vrfæ omne magnum Imperium pendere. Idem. p. 325. That th’old Chaldean Conjurers In so many Hundred Thousand .
Tears. Chaldei jactant fe quadringinta septuaginta An.
norum millia in periclitandis, experiundisque Puerorum Animis pofuisse. Cicero.
Like Money by the Druids borrow'd, &c.
Druida pecuniam mutuò accipiebant in posteri
ore vita reddituri. Patricius Tom. 2. p. 9.
That paltry Story is untrue,
And forgʻd to cheat such Gulls as you. There was a notorious Idiot (that is here de
fcrib'd by the Name and Character of Wbachum) who counterfeited a Second Part of Hudibras, as untowardly as Captain Po, who could not write himself, and yet made a shift to stand on the Pillory, for Forging other Mens hands, as his Fellow Whachum 110 doubt deserv'd ; in whose abominable
Doggerel, this Story of Hudibras and a French Mountebank at Brentford Fair, is as properly describ'd.
That the Vibration of this Pendulum
The Device of the Vibration of a Pendulum,
was intended to settle a certain Measure of Ells and Yards, &c. (that should have its Foundation in Nature) all the World over : For by swinging a Weight at the End of a String, and calculating by the Motion of the Sun, or any Star) how long the Vibration would last, in proportion to the Length of the String, and Weight of the Pendulum ; they thought to reduce it back again, and from any part of Time, compute the exact Length of any String that must necessarily vibrate in so much space of Time : So that if a Man should ask in China for a Quarter of an Hour of Sattin or Tafata, they would know perfe&tly what it meant. And all Mankind learn a new way, to measure things no more by the Yard, Foot, or Inch, but by the Hour Quarter, and Minute.
Before the Secular Priest of Darkness.
As the Devil is the Spiritual Prince of Dark
ness, so is the Constable the Secular; who governs in the Night with as great Authority as his Collegue, but far more imperiously.
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