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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)

    And now this pale Swan in her watrie nest,
    Begins the sad Dirge of her certaine ending,
    Few words (quoth shee) shall fit the trespasse best,
    VVhere no excuse can giue the fault amending.
    1615In me moe woes then words are now depending,
    And my laments would be drawn out too long,
    To tell them all with one poore tired tong.