The Rape of Lucrece

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Prologue

       
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  • Shakespeare. TO THE
    RIGHT HONORABLE HENRY WRIOTHESLY,
    Earl of Southampton, and Baron of Tichfield.
  • Shakespeare. The love I dedicate to your lordship is without end; whereof
    this pamphlet, without beginning, is but a superfluous moiety. 5
    The warrant I have of your honourable disposition, not the worth
    of my untutored lines, makes it assured of acceptance. What I
    have done is yours; what I have to do is yours; being part in
    all I have, devoted yours. Were my worth greater, my duty would
    show greater; meantime, as it is, it is bound to your lordship, 10
    to whom I wish long life, still lengthened with all happiness.
  • Shakespeare. Your lordship's in all duty,
    WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE.

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