The Rape of Lucrece
Text Background
This narrative poem was published in 1594 by Richard Field (who had published Venus and Adonis the previous year) and again dedicated to Henry Wriothesley, the Earl of Southampton.

It contains 1855 lines organized as 265 7-line stanzas with the rhyme-scheme ababbcc ('rhyme royal').
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