The pointed atoms all to fire do turn,
And being sharp, do pierce, which we call burn.
But by their dryness they become so light
As they do get above the rest in flight,
Where by consent a wheel of fire they make, 5
Which being spherical, doth round motion take.
This motion makes round atoms turn about,
Which atoms round are water, without doubt,
And makes the sea go round, like watermill,
For as the sun, so water turns round still. 10
If as we see the sea doth run about
The earth, it leaves a space where’t first came out.
For if the water were as much as land,
The water would not stir, but still would stand.
Which shows that though the water doth go round, 5
Yet is there still more land than water found.
But say the air that’s moveable without,
And thin, doth give it leave to run about,
Or like a wheel which water makes to go:
So air may cause the sea to move and flow. 10
But if that air hath not room to move,
It cannot any other body shove.
Besides, what drives must needs be stronger far
Than what it drives, or else it would not stir.
If so, then infinites of strengths must be 15
In motion’s power, to move eternally.
But say all things run in a circle-line,
And every part doth to another join:
They cannot in each other’s places stir,
Unless some places be left empty bare. 20
For stop a wheel’s circumference without,
Its center too, it cannot turn about.
If breadth and depth were full, leaving no space,
Nothing could stir nor move out of its place.
The sea, which always constant ebbs and flows,
Is like the hammer of a clock that goes.
For as it coming to the notch doth strike,
So water where ’tis empty doth the like.
For when it flows, water is cast out still, 5
And when it ebbs, runs back that place to fill.
All water’s spherical; when tides do flow,
Beat all those spherical drops as they do go.
So winds do strike those wat’ry drops together,
Which we at sea do call tempestuous weather.
And being spherical and cymbal-like, 5
They make a sound when each ’gainst other strike.
Water is apt to move, since round like balls:
No points it hath, but trundles as it falls.
This makes the sea, when like great mountains high
The waves do rise, it cannot steady lie,
But falls again into a liquid plain 5
When winds disturb it not, there to remain.
Thus wat’ry balls, they do not intermix,
But stick so close, as nothing is betwixt.
Like as the tide, so flame doth ebb and flow,
For it will sink and then straight higher grow.
And if suppressed, it in a rage breaks out,
Spreading itself in several parts about.
Some think the salt doth make the sea to move, 5
If so, then salt in flame the like may prove.
And if it be that salt all motions makes,
Then life, the chief, from salt its motion takes.
Some by their industry and learning found
That all the blood like to the sea runs round:
From two great arteries it doth begin,
Runs through all veins, and so comes back again.
The muscles like the tides do ebb and flow 5
According as the several spirits go.
The sinews, as small pipes, come from the head,
And all about the body they are spread,
Through which the animal spirits are conveyed
To every member, as the pipes are laid. 10
And from those sinews-pipes each sense doth take
Of those pure spirits, as they us do make.