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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 Heate and Colde.


SSuch kinde of Atomes, which make Heat, make Cold:
Like Pincers sharpe, which nip, and do take hold.
But Atomes that are pointed sharpe, peirce through:
And Atomes which are sharpe, but Hookt, pull to.
Yet, all must into pointed Figures turne; [5]
For Atomes blunt will never freeze, nor burne.
'Cause Blunt Figures do to a soft Forme bend;
And Soft do unto wet, or Liquid tend.