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“Such childish humour from weak minds proceeds:

“Thy wretched wife mistook the matter so, “ To slay herself, that should have slain her foe

"Courageous Roman, do not steep thy heart “In such relenting dew of lamentations, “ But kneel with me, and help to bear thy part, “ To rouse our Roman gods with invocations, " That they will suffer these abominations, (Since Rome herself in them doth stand disgrac'd)

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“ Now, by the Capitol that we adore, * And by this chaste blood so unjustly stain’d, “By heaven's fair sun, that breeds the fat earth's

store, • By all our country rights in Rome maintain'd, “ And by chaste Lucrece’ soul that late complain'd

“ Her wrongs to us, and by this bloody knife, “ We will revenge the death of this true wife.”

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This said, he struck his hand upon his breast,
And kiss'd the fatal knife to end his vow;
And to his protestation urg'd the rest,
Who wondering at him, did his words allow:
Then jointly to the ground their knees they bow;

And that deep vow which Brutus made before,
He doth again repeat, and that they swore.

58 allow] i. e. approve.

When they had sworn to this advised doom,
They did conclude to bear dead Lucrece thence;
To show her bleeding body thorough Rome,
And so to publish Tarquin's foul offence:
Which being done with speedy diligence,

The Romans plausibly 59 did give consent
To Tarquin's everlasting banishment.

69 plausibly] i. e. with acclamations.

SONNETS.

TO THE

ONLY BEGETTER OF THESE ENSUING SONNETS,

MR. W. H.

ALL HAPPINESS

AND THAT ETERNITY

PROMISED BY OUR EVER-LIVING POET,

WISHETH THE

WELL-WISHING ADVENTURER

IN SETTING FORTH,

T. T.1

1 T. T.) i. e. Thomas Thorpe.

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