No sooner was the Lady brought before the Emperor,
but he conceived her to be some Goddess, and
offered to worship her; which she refused, telling him,
(for by that time she had pretty well learned their language)
that although she came out of another world,
yet was she but a mortal; at which the Emperor rejoycing,
made her his Wife, and gave her an absolute
power to rule and govern all that World as she pleased.
But her subjects, who could hardly be perswaded
to believe her mortal, tender'd her all the veneration
and worship due to a Deity.
|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.
|© 2021 by Sarah Reitmeier, except text from The Description of a New World, Called the Blazing World, published 1666 by Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle.