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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
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    Lucrece (Modern)

    Here with a sigh, as if her heart would break,
    She throws forth Tarquin's name: "He, he," she says,
    But more then "he" her poor tongue could not speak,
    Till after many accents and delays,
    1720Untimely breathings, sick and short assays,
    She utters this: "He, he, fair lords, 'tis he
    That guides this hand to give this wound to me."