The head of man is like the world made round,
And2 all the elements are in it3 found.
The brain’s the4 earth from whence all plants do spring,
And from the womb it doth all creatures bring.
Forehead and nose are5 hills that6 do rise high, 5
And7 overtop the dales that level lie.
The hair, like8 trees which long9 in length do grow,
And like their10 leaves, which11 wind waves12 to and fro.
Wit, like to several creatures, wild doth run13
On several subjects, which14 each other shun.15 10
The blood, as seas, doth through the veins run round,
The sweat, as springs by which fresh water’s found.
As winds, which from the hollow caves do blow,
So through the mouth the winded breath doth go.
The eyes are like the sun, and do give16 light; 15
When senses are asleep, it is dark night.
And17 after sleep half open are the eyes,
Like18 dawning light, when first the sun doth rise.
When they do drowsy grow, then sets the sun,19
And when the lids are shut it is quite gone.20 20
When heavy they’re and dull, like mist it seems,21
Or a dark cloud which hides the sun’s bright beams,22
Which shows that there some23 shower of tears will fall,
Where cheeks, as flow’ry banks, grow moist24 withal.
As twinkling stars show in dark clouds most25 clear, 25
So fancies quick do in the brain appear.
Imaginations like the orbs move round,26
Whereof some27 quick, others are slower found.28
And29 solid thoughts, like30 the twelve signs, do prove,31
And round32 the zodiac of wisdom move,33 30
Where they as constantly in wisdom run,
As in the line ecliptic doth the sun.
I to th’ecliptic34 line the head compare;
The illustrious35 wit, to36 the sun’s bright sphere.
The brain I liken to37 the solid Earth, 35
From whence all wisdom hath its life and birth,38
And39 as the Earth, so is the40 head’s round ball,
For it is41 crowned with orbs celestial42
And thus the43 head and world as one agree,
For Nature made44 the head a world to be. 40
- Similizing the Head of Man to the World] Man’s Head Similized to the Globe of the World. 1664; Man’s Head similized to the Globe of the World. 1668
- And] Where 1653
- are in it] in it are 1653
- brain’s the] Braine, as 1653
- Forehead and nose are] The Fore-head, Nose, like 1653
- that] which 1664, 1668
- And] Which 1653
- like] as 1653
- long] much 1664, 1668
- their] its 1653
- which] with 1653
- waves] wave 1664, 1668
- wild doth run] wildly runs 1653
- which] and 1653
- shun.] shuns. 1653
- and do give] do give in 1653
- And] When 1664, 1668
- Like] ’Tis 1664, 1668
- then sets the sun,] the Sun doth set; 1653
- the lids are shut it is quite gone.] tis quite gone downe, the Lids do shut. 1653
- heavy they’re and dull, like mist it seems,] they are dull, and heavie, like thick Mist seem, 1653
- a dark cloud which hides the sun’s bright beams,] as a dark black Cloud hides the Suns Beame. 1653
- Which shows that there some] By which there shews, some 1653
- Where cheeks, as flow’ry banks, grow moist] And moisten th’Cheeks, as flowry Banks 1664, 1668
- most] that’s 1653
- round,] so, 1653
- Whereof some] Some very 1653
- are slower found.] do move more slow. 1653
- And] But 1664, 1668
- like] as 1653
- do prove,] are plac’d 1653
- And round] About 1653
- of wisdom move,] which is Wisedome vast. 1653
- I to th’ecliptic] To the Ecliptick 1653
- The illustrious] Illustrious 1664, 1668
- to] unto 1664, 1668
- I liken to] unto 1653
- life and birth,] Birth. 1653
- And] Just 1653
- so is the] the 1653
- For it is] Is 1653
- A marginal note in Cavendish’s 1653 text reads: “Five senses.” In 1664 and 1668 the note reads, “The five senses.”
- And thus the] So 1653
- For Nature made] Nature did make 1653