Burnt wood1 is like unto an army’s rout;
Their forms undone lie scattered all about.
When atoms sharp unbind the flat, then all2
Those loose flat atoms, we do3 ashes call.4
- A marginal note in Cavendish’s 1653 text reads: “Wood is made most of flat atoms.”
- unbind the flat, then all] flat Atomes unbinde all, 1653
- do] strait 1653
- A marginal note in Cavendish’s 1653 text reads: “For several forms are according to the composure of atoms, which forms are undone still by the strongest party.”