The Blazing World, by Margaret Cavendish

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To The Duchesse of Newcastle, On Her New Blazing-World.

To all Noble and Worthy Ladies.

The Description of a New World, Called The Blazing-World.

The Second Part of the Description of the New Blazing-World.

The Epilogue to the Reader.

Here on this Figure Cast a Glance.

But so as if it were by Chance,

Your eyes not fixt, they must not Stay,

Since this like Shadowes to the Day

It only represent's; for Still,

Her Beauty's found beyond the Skill

Of the best Paynter, to Imbrace

These lovely Lines within her face.

View her Soul's Picture, Judgment, witt,

Then read those Lines which Shee hath writt,

By Phancy's Pencill drawne alone

Which Peces but Shee, can justly owne.

The Blazing-World.

By the Thrice Noble, Illustrious, and Excellent
Duchess of Newcastle.

Printed by A. Maxwell, in the Year M.DC.LX.VIII.

To The Duchesse of Newcastle, On Her New Blazing-World.

Our Elder World, with all their Skill and Arts,

Could but divide the World into three Parts:

Columbus, then for Navigation fam'd,

Found a new World, America 'tis nam'd;

Now this new World was found, it was not made,

Onely discovered, lying in Time's shade.

Then what are You, having no Chaos found

To make a World, or any such least ground?

But your Creating Fancy, thought it fit

To make your World of Nothing, but pure Wit.

Your Blazing-World, beyond the Stars mounts higher,

Enlightens all with a Cœlestial Fier.

William Newcastle.

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