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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    Not Peer Reviewed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)

    "In Tarquin's likeness I did entertain thee.
    Hast thou put on his shape to do him shame?
    To all the host of heaven I complain me.
    Thou wrong'st his honor, wound'st his princely name.
    600Thou art not what thou seem'st, and if the same,
    Thou seem'st not what thou art, a god, a king;
    For kings, like gods, should govern everything."