What is the Depth of the Sea in several places,
And what the Order of its Increase and Decrements.
What the Figuration of the Seas from North to South,
And in the several Hemispheres and Climates.
What communication of Seas by Straights,
And Subterranean Conveyances.
What of the Motion of the Sea by Winds,
And how far do Storms reach down toward the Bottom.
What of the grand Motions of the Bulk of the Sea
(Especially the Tides).
What power has the Sea to hasten Putrefaction,
As of Wood, Cables, and others Things sunk in it.
What of the Power ascribed to the Sea
To eject Dead Bodies, Succinum, Ambergris.
What of the shining of the Sea in the Night,
And what of the Fish there whose Heart giveth Light.
Adapted from "Directions for Sea-Men, Bound for Far Voyages," in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London 1 (1665): 140-143.
Photograph: Hiroshi Sugimoto, Seascapes: Sea of Japan, 1997.