A sound2 seems nothing, yet a while it lives,3
And like a wanton lad, mock answers gives,4
Not like the souls that from the bodies5 go,
For echo hath a body6 of air, we know.
But7 strange it8 is that sounds9 so strong and clear 5
Resisting bodies have, yet10 not appear,
But11 air, which subtle is, encounter may:
Thus words as sounds may with self-echo12 play.
But they grow weary soon, hold not13 out long,
Seem14 out of breath, and falter with the tongue. 10
- In 1653 this poem is called “Of Sound”
- A sound] Eccho 1664, 1668
- it lives,] doth live, 1653
- gives,] give. 1653
- the souls that from the bodies] to Soules, which from the Body 1653
- echo hath a body] Eccho’s Body is 1664, 1668
- But] Yet 1653
- it] is 1664. In the 1664 Errata list this “is” is corrected back to “it”; the correction is also carried forward into 1668.
- sounds] Sound 1653
- yet] and 1664, 1668
- But] Yet 1664, 1668
- as sounds may with self–echo] a Sound may with self Eccho 1653
- But they grow weary soon, hold not] Grow weary soone, and cannot hold 1653
- Seem] Seemes 1653