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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    Not Peer Reviewed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)

    The aim of all is but to nurse the life
    With honor, wealth, and ease in waning age;
    And in this aim there is such thwarting strife
    That one for all, or all for one we gage:
    145As life for honor in fell battle's rage,
    Honor for wealth; and oft that wealth doth cost
    The death of all, and all together lost.