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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    Not Peer Reviewed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)

    "So let thy thoughts low vassals to thy state -- "
    "No more," quoth he. "By heaven, I will not hear thee.
    Yield to my love. If not enforcèd hate,
    Instead of love's coy touch, shall rudely tear thee.
    670That done, despitefully I mean to bear thee
    Unto the base bed of some rascal groom
    To be thy partner in this shameful doom."