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The Atomic Poems of Margaret (Lucas) Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle, from her Poems, and Fancies, 1653, an electronic edition. Edited with an introduction by Leigh Tillman Partington

by Margaret Cavendish [Newcastle, Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of, 1624?-1674]

date: 1653
source publisher:
collection: Early Modern through the 18th Century

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Cavendish, Margaret (Lucas).

Of Fire in the Flint.


THE reason, Fire lies in Flint unseene;

Is, other Figur'd Atomes lye betweene:
For being bound, and overpowred by
A Multitude, they do in Prison lye.
Unlesse that Motion doth release them out, [5]
With as strong power, which make them flye about
But if that Flint be beat to powder small;
To sep'rate the grossest, release'd are all.

But when they once are out, do not returne,

But seeke about to make another Forme. [10]