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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)


    This sayd, he strooke his hand vpon his breast,
    And kist the fatall knife to end his vow:
    And to his protestation vrg'd the rest,
    1845Who wondring at him, did his words allow.
    Then ioyntlie to the ground their knees they bow,
    And that deepe vow which BRVTVS made before,
    He doth againe repeat, and that they swore.

    When they had sworne to this aduised doome,
    1850They did conclude to beare dead LVCRECE thence,
    To shew her bleeding bodie thorough Roome,
    And so to publish TARQVINS fowle offence;
    Which being done, with speedie diligence,
    The Romaines plausibly did giue consent,
    1855 To TARQVINS euerlasting banishment.