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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)

    Thus gracelesse holds he disputation,
    Tweene frozen conscience and hot burning will,
    And with good thoughts makes dispensation,
    Vrging the worser sence for vantage still.
    250VVhich in a moment doth confound and kill
    All pure effects, and doth so farre proceede,
    That what is vile, shewes like a vertuous deede.