Why’s earth1 not apt to move, but slow and dull?
Flat atoms have no vacuum, but are2 full.
That form admits no empty place to bide;
All parts are filled, having no hollow side.3
And where no vacuum is, motion is4 slow, 5
Having no empty places for to go.
Though atomes all are small, as small may be,
Yet by their forms doth motion5 disagree.
For atoms sharp do make themselves a way,6
Cutting through other atoms as they stray. 10
But atoms flat will dull and lazy lie,7
Having no edge or point to make a way.8
- Why’s earth] Why Earth’s 1653
- Flat atoms have no vacuum, but are] Is, Atomes flat no Vacuum hath but 1653
- A marginal note in Cavendish’s text reads: “As round and long have.” In 1664 and 1668 it reads, “As round and long atoms have.”
- motion is] there’s Motion 1664, 1668
- doth motion] Motion doth 1653
- A marginal note in Cavendish’s text reads: “As the numbers of sharp atoms do pierce and make way through greater numbers, as a spark of fire will kindle and burn up a house.” In 1664 and 1668, there is no “As” at the beginning of the note, and where 1653 reads “numbers, as a spark”, 1664 and 1668 read “numbers of other atoms, as for example a spark.”
- lie] lay 1653
- or point to make a way.] nor Point a way to try. 1664; nor Point, a Way to try. 1668