Of the Motion of the Sun

Sometimes we find it hot, and sometimes cold,
Yet equal in degrees the sun1 doth hold.
And in a winter’s day more heat is2 found
Than summer, when the sun should parch the ground.
For if this3 heat doth make him gallop fast,                         5
’T must4 ever equal be, or stay his haste.
If so, then seas which send up vapor may5
His fiery courage cool in the midway.6
Besides, the middle region, which is cold
And full of ice, will of his strength take hold.                     10
Then ’tis not heat that makes him run so fast,
But running fast doth heat upon Earth7 cast,
And Earth sends vapors cold to quench his heat,8
Which break his strength, and make9 his beams so weak.

  1. Yet equal in degrees the sun] Although the Sun equal degrees 1664, 1668
  2. is] have 1653
  3. For if this] Wherefore if 1664; Wherefore, if 1668
  4. ’T must] Must 1653
  5. up vapor may] a Vapour high, 1653
  6. His fiery courage cool in the midway.] May coole his Courage, so in the mid way lye. 1653
  7. running fast doth heat upon Earth] this fast running Heat on Earth doth 1664; this fast-running, Heat on Earth doth 1668
  8. his heat,] and break 1664, 1668
  9. Which break his strength, and make] His fiery strength,which makes 1664, 1668