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  • Title: Lucrece (Modern)
  • Editor: Hardy M. Cook
  • ISBN: 978-1-55058-411-0

    Copyright Hardy M. Cook. This text may be freely used for educational, non-profit purposes; for all other uses contact the Editor.
    Author: William Shakespeare
    Editor: Hardy M. Cook
    Not Peer Reviewed

    Lucrece (Modern)

    This silent war of lilies and of roses,
    Which Tarquin viewed in her fair face's field,
    In their pure ranks his traitor eye encloses,
    Where, lest between them both it should be killed,
    75The coward captive vanquishèd doth yield
    To those two armies that would let him go
    Rather than triumph in so false a foe.