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  • Title: Lucrece (Quarto, 1594)
  • 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 (Quarto, 1594)


    120For then is Tarquine brought vnto his bed,
    Intending wearinesse with heauie sprite:
    For after supper long he questioned,
    VVith modest Lucrece, and wore out the night,
    Now leaden slumber with liues strength doth fight,
    125And euerie one to rest themselues betake,
    Saue theeues, and cares, and troubled minds that

    As one of which doth Tarquin lie reuoluing
    The sundrie dangers of his wils obtaining:
    Yet euer to obtaine his will resoluing.
    130Though weake-built hopes perswade him to abstai-
    Dispaire to gaine doth traffique oft for gaining,
    And when great treasure is the meede proposed,
    Though death be adiūct, ther's no death supposed.

    Those that much couet are with gaine so fond,
    135That what they haue not, that which they possesse
    They scatter and vnloose it from their bond,
    And so by hoping more they haue but lesse,
    Or gaining more, the profite of excesse
    Is but to surfet, and such griefes sustaine,
    140That they proue bāckrout in this poore rich gain.