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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    Not Peer Reviewed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)

    "Why, Collatine, is woe the cure for woe?
    Do wounds help wounds, or grief help grievous deeds?
    Is it revenge to give thyself a blow
    For his foul act by whom the fair wife bleeds?
    1825Such childish humor from weak minds proceeds.
    Thy wretched wife mistook the matter so,
    To slay herself that should have slain her foe."