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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
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collection: Early Modern through the 18th Century

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Cavendish, Margaret (Lucas).

What Atomes make Vegetables, Minerals, and Animals.


THE Branched Atomes Formes each Planted thing,
The hooked points pull out, and makes them spring,
The Atomes Round give Juice, the Sharpe give heate;
And those grow Hearbs, and Fruits, and Flowers sweet.
Those that are Square, and Flat, not rough withall, [5]
Make those which Stone, and Minerals we call.
But in all Stones, and Minerals, (no doubt,)
Sharpe points do lye, which Fire makes strike out.
Thus Vegetables, Minerals do grow,
According as the severall Atomes go. [10]
In Animals, all Figures do agree;
But in Mankinde, the best of Atomes bee.
And thus, in Nature, the whole World may be,
For all we know, unto Eternitie.