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A PHILOSOPHICAL ESSAY,
The most probable Cause of that grand Mystery of Nature,
THE FLUX AND REFLUX,
OR, FLOWING AND EBBING OF THE SEA.
London : Printed by T. M. for T. Passinger, at the Three Bibles, on the middle of
London Bridge, 1673. Quarto, containing eighteen pages.
To the learned and judicivus Sir John Marsham, of Whoornes-Place in
Kent, Knight and Burunet, one of the six clerks of his Majesty's High Court of Chancery.
When the sun opens the curtains of the east, and gilds and enamels the fringes of the
firmament with his early beams, the lesser lights resign themselves up to his, and muffle themselves up in their own obscurity, as being vanquished with an excess of splendor ; so the meaner and pettier censures shall look faint and dim, if you, that are the great luminary in the orb of learning, shall shed a propitious beam and influence upon this crude essay, which will not only rescue it from the virulency of detraction, but so foment and improve it, that it will bourge on and flourish under your protection : so that, though it owe its birth to my pen, it will intitle its verdure and perfection to your candid acceptance of it ; now it is offered up to yours, from the hands of him, who is,
Your most affectionate Servant,
THERE is a huge variety of opinions, that intitle themselves to have
unwound the cause of this grand mystery of nature, the flux and reflux of the sea; but they are erected upon untenable principles, and so intwined and complicated, that I may say of them, as Florus did of the mountainous inhabitants of the Alps, Pluris erat invenire quam vincere; it is a greater difficulty to trace out and unravel them, than to subvert or dismantle them.