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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)

    Wriothesley, Earle of Southhampton,
    and Baron of Titchfield.
    THE loue I dedicate to your
    Lordship is without end: wher-
    of this Pamphlet without be-
    ginning is but a superfluous
    Moity. The warrant I haue of
    your Honourable disposition,
    not the worth of my vntutord
    Lines makes it assured of acceptance. What I haue
    done is yours, what I haue to doe is yours, being
    part in all I haue, deuoted yours. Were my worth
    greater, my duety would shew greater, meane time,
    as it is, it is bound to your Lordship; To whom I wish
    long life still lengthned with all happinesse.
    Your Lordships in all duety.
    William Shakespeare.
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