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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)

    To kill my selfe, quoth shee, alacke what were it,
    But with my body my poore soules pollusion?
    They that loose halfe with greater patience beare it,
    Then they whose whole is swallowed in confusion.
    1160That mother tries a mercilesse conclusion,
    VVho hauing two sweet babes, when death takes
    VVill slay the other, and be nurse to none.