At the break of Day, the Emperess commanded
those Lights to be put out, and then the Naval
Forces of the Enemy perceived nothing but a Number
of Ships without Sails, Guns, Arms, and other
Instruments of War; which Ships seemed to swim of
themselves, without any help or assistance: which sight
put them into a great amaze; neither could they perceive
that those Ships were of Gold, by reason the
Emperess had caused them all to be coloured black, or
with a dark colour; so that the natural colour of
the Gold could not be perceived through the artificial
colour of the paint, no not by the best Telescopes.
All which put the Enemies Fleet into such a
fright at night, and to such wonder in the morning,
or at day time, that they knew not what to judg
or make of them; for they knew neither what
Ships they were, nor what Party they belonged
to, insomuch that they had no power to stir.
|And if any should like the world I have made,
and be willing to be my subjects, they may imagine themselves such, and they are such—I mean
in their minds, fancies or imaginations. But if they cannot endure to be subjects, they may
create worlds of their own and govern themselves as they please.
|© 2020 by Sarah Reitmeier, except text from The Description of a New World, Called the Blazing World, published 1666 by Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle.