Of the Sun’s Weakness

The sun doth not to the Earth’s center1 go;
He cannot shoot his beams so deep and low.
For a thick wall will break2 his arrows small,3
So that his heat can do no hurt at all.4
And Earth hath arms so thick, to keep out all                  5
His fiery darts which he on her lets fall.


  1. to the Earth’s center] unto the Center 1653
  2. break] make 1664, 1668
  3. small,] weak, 1664, 1668
  4. can do no hurt at all.] must needs against it break; 1664; must needs against it break: 1668