Vacuum in Atoms

If all the atoms, long, sharp, flat, and round,
Be only of one sort of matter found,
The hollow atoms must all empty be,
For there is nought to fill vacuity.
Besides1 being several bodies, though but small,                 5
Betwixt those bodies there is nought at all.
For as they range about from place to place,
Betwixt2 their bodies there is left a space.
How should they move, having no space between?3
For, joining close, they would as one lump seem.4             10
Nor could they move into each other’s place,5
Unless there were somewhere an empty space.6
For though their matter’s infinite as time,7
They must be fixed, if altogether join.8
And were all matter fluid, as some say,                                 15
It could not move, having no empty way.
Like water that is stopped close in a glass:
It cannot stir, having no way to pass.
Nor could the fishes swim in water thin,
Were there no vacuum9 to crowd those10 waters in.          20
For as they crowd, those waters driven up high11
Must to some places rise12 that empty lie.
For though the water’s thin wherein they move,
Yet none could13 stir if water did not shove.

Of the Center of the World

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In infinites2 no center can be laid,
But if the world has limits, center’s made.3
For all that with circumference is4 faced,
A center in the midst must needs be5 placed.
This makes each form that’s limited6 and bound        5
To have a center and circumference round.
This7 is the cause: the world in circle runs8
Because a center hath whereon it turns.9
The center’s10 small, circumference11 big without,
Which by the weight doth make it turn about.           10

If Infinite Worlds, There Must Be Infinite Centers.

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If infinites of worlds, they must be placed
At such a distance, as between lies waste.
If they were joined close, moving about,
By jostling they would push each other out.
And if they swim in air, as fishes do                                   5
In water, they would meet as they did go.2
But if the air doth every world3 enclose
And compass4 all about, as5 water flows,
It keeps6 them equal in their proper seat,7
That as they move shall not each other beat.8                 10
Or if like wheels which turn by water round,9
So air about these10 worlds is running found.11
And12 by that motion they do turn about
No further than that motion’s strength runs out.13
Like to a bowl which will no14 further go,                        15
But runs according as that strength did15 throw.
And thus like16 bowls, the worlds do turn and run,
But still the jack and center is the sun.17