James Clerk Maxwell
James Clerk Maxwell Poems
Lectures To Women On Physical Science
PLACE. -- A small alcove with dark curtains.
The class consists of one member.
SUBJECT. -- Thomson’s Mirror Galvanometer.
The lamp-light falls on blackened walls,
And streams through narrow perforations,
The long beam trails o’er pasteboard scales,
With slow-decaying oscillations.
Flow, current, flow, set the quick light-spot flying,
Flow current, answer light-spot, flashing, quivering, dying,
O look! how queer! how thin and clear,
And thinner, clearer, sharper growing
The gliding fire! with central wire,
The fine ...
In the buds, before they burst,
Leaves and flowers are moulded;
Closely pressed they lie at first,
Though no hope of change they felt,
Folded hard together,
Soon their sap begins to melt
In the warmer weather.