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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)

    VVhat win I if I gaine the thing I seeke?
    A dreame, a breath, a froth of fleeting ioy,
    VVho buies a minutes mirth to waile a weeke?
    Or sels eternitie to get a toy?
    215For one sweete grape who will the vine destroy?
    Or what fond begger, but to touch the crowne,
    VVould with the scepter straight be strokē down?