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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 the Sun, and the Sea, go


ALL pointed Atomes, they to Fire turne;
Which by their drinesse, they so light become:
Above the rest do flye, and make a Sun.
Which by consent of parts, a Wheele of Fire growes,
Which being Sphæricall, in a round motion goes; [5]
And as it turnes round, Atomes turne about;
Which Atomes round, are Water, without doubt.
This makes the Sea go round, like Water-Mill;
For as the Sun turnes round, so doth the water still.