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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)

    But if thou yeeld, I rest thy secret friend,
    The fault vnknowne, is as a thought vnacted,
    "A little harme done to a great good end,
    For lawfull pollicie remaines enacted.
    530"The poysonous simple sometime is compacted
    In a pure compound; being so applied,
    His venome in effect is purified.