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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).

Motion makes Atomes a Bawd for Figure.

1653


DID not wild Motion with his subtle wit,
Make Atomes as his Bawdº, new Formes to get. ºprocurer, go-between
They still would constant be in one Figure,
And as they place themselves, would last for ever.
But Motion she perswades new Formes to make, [5]
For Motion doth in Change great pleasure take.
And makes all Atomes run from place to place;
That Figures young he might have to imbrace.
For some short time, she will make much of one,
But afterwards away from them will run. [10]
And thus are most things in the World undone,
And by her Change, do young ones take old's roome.
But tis butt like unto a Batch of Bread,
The Floure is the same of such a Seed.
But Motion she a Figure new mould, bak'd, [15]
Because that She might have a new hot Cake.