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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    Not Peer Reviewed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)

    "O Opportunity, thy guilt is great!
    'Tis thou that execut'st the traitor's treason;
    Thou sets the wolf where he the lamb may get;
    Who ever plots the sin, thou point'st the season.
    880'Tis thou that spurn'st at right, at law, at reason;
    And in thy shady cell, where none may spy him,
    Sits sin to seize the souls that wander by him."