What Atoms Make a Palsy or Apoplexy

When dull flat atoms do together1 join,
And with each other in a heap combine,
This body thick doth stop all passage so,
Keeps motion out, and makes2 the body grow
Numbed. For sharp atoms,3 in which heat doth live,      5
Being close and smothered up4 no heat can give,
But if these5 atoms flat meet in the brain,
The spirits are choked and can6 no heat obtain.  

  1. When dull flat atoms do together] Dull Atomes flat, when they together 1653
  2. and makes] so num’d 1653
  3. Numbed. For sharp atoms,] Atomes that are sharpe, 1653
  4. Being close and smothered up] Being smothered close, 1653
  5. these] those 1653
  6. The spirits are choked and can] They choake the Spirits, can 1653