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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)

    VVhen Trueth and Vertue haue to do with thee,
    A thousand crosses keepe them from thy aide:
    They buie thy helpe, but sinne nere giues a fee,
    He gratis comes, and thou art well apaide,
    915As well to heare, as graunt what he hath saide.
    My COLATINE would else haue come to me,
    VVhen TARQVIN did, but he was staied by thee.