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Poem by Margaret Cavendish
A World Made by Foure Atomes
SHarpe Atomes Fire subtle, quicke, and dry, The Long, like Shafts still into Aire fly. The Round to Water moist, (a hollow Forme,) The Figure square to heavy dull Earth turne. The Atomes sharpe hard Mineralls do make, The Atomes round soft Vegetables take. In Animals none singly lye alone, But the foure Atomes meet, and joyne as one. And thus four Atomes the Substance is of all; With their foure Figures make a worldly Ball. Thus the Fancy of my Atomes is, that the foure PrincipallFigures, as Sharpe, Long, Round, Square, make the foure Elements;not that they are of severall matters, but are all of one matter,onely their se- verall Figures do give them severall Proprieties; so likewisedo the mixt Figures give them mixt Proprieties, & their several composures do give them other Proprieties, according to their Formesthey put themselves into, by their severall Motions. This I do repeate,that the ground of my Opinion may be understood.
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