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.
- In 1653 this poem is called “The Agilenesse of Water”
- since] being 1653
- it hath, but trundles] to fixe, doth trundle 1653
- great] to 1664, 1668
- cannot steady] steddy cannot 1653
- When winds disturb it not, there to] Tides, Winds disturbe them not, levell 1653
- do not intermix,] are not intermixt, 1664, 1668
- A marginal note in Cavendish’s 1653 text reads: “Those drops joining close and even.” In 1664 and 1668, the same note reads: “That is, the drops which join close and even.”