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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)

    In TARQVINS likenesse I did entertaine thee,
    Hast thou put on his shape, to do him shame?
    To all the Host of Heauen I complaine me.
    Thou wrongst his honor, woūdst his princely name:
    600Thou art not what thou seem'st, and if the same,
    Thou seem'st not what thou art, a God, a King;
    For kings like Gods should gouerne euery thing.