What Atoms Make the Sun and the Sea Go Round

The1 pointed atoms all to fire do2 turn,

And being sharp, do pierce, which we call burn.3
But by their dryness they become so light4
As they do get above the rest in flight,5
Where6 by consent a wheel of fire they make,7              5
Which being spherical, doth round motion take.8
This motion makes round9 atoms turn about,
Which atoms round are water, without doubt,
And10 makes the sea go round, like11 watermill,
For as the sun, so water turns round12 still.                    10

Of the Motion of the Sea

If as we see the sea1 doth run about
The earth, it leaves a space where’t first came out.2
For if the water were as much as land,34
The water5 would not stir, but still would6 stand.
Which shows that though the water doth go7 round, 5
Yet is there still more land than8 water9 found.
But say the air that’s moveable without,
And10 thin, doth give it11 leave to run about,
Or like a wheel which water makes to go:12
So air may cause the sea to move and13 flow.14          10
But if that air hath15 not room to move,
It cannot16 any other body shove.
Besides, what drives must needs be stronger far17
Than what it drives, or else it would not stir.18
If so, then infinites of strengths must be19                   15
In motion’s power, to move eternally.
But say all things run in a circle-line,20
And every part doth to another21 join:
They cannot in each other’s places stir,22
Unless23 some places be24 left empty bare.25               20
For stop a wheel’s circumference26 without,
Its27 center too, it cannot turn about.
If breadth and depth were full, leaving no space,
Nothing could stir nor move out of its28 place.29

The Reason of the Roaring of the Sea

All water’s spherical; when tides do flow,
Beat all those spherical drops as they do go.1
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.

The Agility of Water


Water is apt to move, since2 round like balls:
No points it hath, but trundles3 as it falls.
This makes the sea, when like great4 mountains high
The waves do rise, it cannot steady5 lie,
But falls again into a liquid plain                                         5
When winds disturb it not, there to6 remain.
Thus wat’ry balls, they do not intermix,7
But stick so close,8 as nothing is betwixt.

Flame Compared to the Tide of the Sea



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.

Of the Motion of the Blood



Some by their industry and2 learning found
That all the blood like to the sea runs round:
From two great arteries it doth begin,3
Runs through all veins, and so comes back again.4
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,
And5 all about the body they are6 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.