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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)

    O opportunity thy guilt is great,
    Tis thou that execut'st the traytors treason:
    Thou sets the wolfe where he the lambe may get,
    VVho euer plots the sinne thou poinst the season.
    880Tis thou that spurn'st at right, at law, at reason,
    And in thy shadie Cell where none may spie him,
    Sits sin to ceaze the soules that wander by him.