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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 she that neuer cop't with straunger eies,
    100Could picke no meaning from their parling lookes,
    Nor read the subtle shining secrecies,
    Writ in the glassie margents of such bookes,
    Shee toucht no vnknown baits, nor feard no hooks,
    Nor could shee moralize his wanton sight,
    105 More then his eies were opend to the light.

    He stories to her eares her husbands fame,
    Wonne in the fields of fruitfull Italie:
    And decks with praises Colatines high name,
    Made glorious by his manlie chiualrie,
    110With bruised armes and wreathes of victorie,
    Her ioie with heaued-vp hand she doth expresse,
    And wordlesse so greetes heauen for his successe.

    Far from the purpose of his comming thither,
    He makes excuses for his being there,
    115No clowdie show of stormie blustring wether,
    Doth yet in his faire welkin once appeare,
    Till sable Night mother of dread and feare,
    Vppon the world dim darknesse doth displaie,
    And in her vaultie prison, stowes the daie.