stream (n.)
current, flow, drift
2H4 V.ii.34 [Clarence to Lord Chief Justice] you must now speak Sir John Falstaff fair, / Which swims against your stream of quality
CE I.i.87 [Egeon to Duke] floating straight, obedient to the stream
H8 III.ii.364 [Wolsey alone, of his situation] to the mercy / Of a rude stream that must for ever hide me
Oth II.iii.59 [Iago alone] My boat sails freely both with wind and stream