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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)


    Her pittie-pleading eyes are sadlie fixed
    In the remorselesse wrinckles of his face.
    Her modest eloquence with sighes is mixed,
    Which to her Oratorie addes more grace.
    565Shee puts the period often from his place,
    And midst the sentence so her accent breakes,
    That twise she doth begin ere once she speakes.

    She coniures him by high Almightie loue,
    By knighthood, gentrie, and sweete friendships oth,
    570By her vntimely teares, her husbands loue,
    By holie humaine law, and common troth,
    By Heauen and Earth, and all the power of both:
    That to his borrowed bed he make retire,
    And stoope to Honor, not to fowle desire.

    575Quoth shee, reward not Hospitalitie,
    With such black payment, as thou hast pretended,
    Mudde not the fountaine that gaue drinke to thee,
    Mar not the thing that cannot be amended.
    End thy ill ayme, before thy shoote be ended.
    580 He is no wood-man that doth bend his bow,
    To strike a poore vnseasonable Doe.