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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)


    Then Loue and Fortune be my Gods, my guide,
    My will is backt with resolution:
    Thoughts are but dreames till their effects be tried,
    The blackest sinne is clear'd with absolution.
    355Against loues fire, feares frost hath dissolution.
    The eye of Heauen is out, and mistie night
    Couers the shame that followes sweet delight.