Of a Spark of Fire

 

A spark of fire is1 like a mouse,2 doth eat
Into a cheese, although both hard and great.
Just so a spark, although it3 be but small,
If once those points can fasten, pierce4 through all.

  1. is] ’tis 1664, 1668
  2. A marginal note in Cavendish’s 1653 text reads: “The sharp atoms are like the teeth of mice.”
  3. Just so a spark, although it] For Sparks of Fire, although they 1664, 1668
  4. If once those points can fasten,] Yet where those Points take hold, they 1664, 1668