Like as the tide, so flame doth2 ebb and flow,
For it will sink3 and then straight higher grow.
And if suppressed, it in a rage breaks4 out,
Spreading5 itself in several parts about.
Some think the salt doth make6 the sea to move,7 5
If so, then salt in flame the like may prove.
And if it be that8 salt all motions makes,
Then life, the chief, from salt its motion9 takes.
- In 1653 this poem is called “Comparing Flame to the Tide of the Sea”
- Like as the tide, so flame doth] Like watry Tides, a Flame will 1653
- For it will sink] By sinking downe, 1653
- it in a rage breaks] all in a rage breake 1653
- Spreading] Streaming 1653
- the salt doth make] Salt is the cause 1664, 1668
- to move,] doth move; 1664; doth move: 1668
- And if it be that] From that Example, 1653
- from salt its motion] of Motion from Salt 1653