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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)


    This silent warre of Lillies and of Roses,
    VVhich TARQVIN vew'd in her faire faces field,
    In their pure rankes his traytor eye encloses,
    VVhere least betweene them both it should be kild.
    75The coward captiue vanquished, doth yeeld
    To those two Armies that would let him goe,
    Rather then triumph in so false a foe.