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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    Not Peer Reviewed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)

    "But if thou yield, I rest thy secret friend;
    The fault unknown is as a thought unacted;
    A little harm done to a great good end
    For lawful policy remains enacted.
    530The poisonous simple sometime is compacted
    In a pure compound; being so applied,
    His venom in effect is purified."