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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).

If Infinite Worlds, Infinite Centers.


If Infinites of Worlds, they must be plac'd
At such a distance, as between lies waste.
If they were joyned close, moving about,
By justling they would push each other out.
And if they swim in Aire, as Fishes do [5]
In Water, they would meet
10 as they did go.
But if the Aire each World doth inclose
Them all about, then like to Water flowes;
Keeping them equall, and in order right.
That as they move, shall not each other strike. [10]
Or like to water wheels by water turn'd,
So Aire round about those Worlds do run:
And by that Motion they do turne about,
No further then that Motions strength runs out.
Like to a Bowle, which will no further go, [15]
But runs according as that strength do throw.
Thus like as Bowles, the Worlds do turne, andrun,
But still the Jacke, and Center is the11 Sun.


10. They would beat against each other.

11. They are stinted according to the severall strengths of their motion. They trune as they go. A jacke Bowle is the marke.

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