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La mort de Lucrèce
L'affection que je voue Votre Seigneurie est sans fin. Cet crit, sans commencement, n'en est qu'une partie superflue: La confiance. que j'ai en votre honorable caractre, et non le mrite de mes vers imparfaits, me fait esprer qu'ils seront agrs. Ce que j'ai fait vous appartient, ce que je ferai vous appartient encore, comme partie du tout que je vous ai consacr. Si mon mrite tait plus grand, mon zle se montrerait davantage: en attendant, tel qu'il est, il est d Votre Seigneurie, qui je souhaite de longs jours, embellis par toutes sortes de flicits. Lucius Tarquinius (surnomm le Superbe, cause de son orgueil excessif), aprs avoir t cause du meurtre cruel de son beau-pre Servius Tullius, et s'tre empar du trne, contre les lois et les coutumes de Rome, sans demander ni attendre les suffrages du peuple, alla mettre le sige devant Arda, accompagn de ses fils et des nobles romains. Pendant le sige, les principaux officiers de l'arme, runis un soir dans la tente de Sextus Tarquinius, le fils du roi, et s'entretenant aprs le souper, se mirent vanter la vertu de leurs femmes; entre autres, Collatin vanta l'incomparable chastet de son pouse Lucrce. Dans cette joyeuse humeur, ils partirent tous pour Rome avec l'intention, par une arrive soudaine et imprvue, de vrifier ce que chacun avait avanc; le seul Collatin trouva sa femme (quoique ce ft tard dans la nuit) occupe filer parmi ses suivantes, tandis que les autres dames taient danser ou livres d'autres distractions. L-dessus, les seigneurs cdrent la victoire Collatin, et la gloire sa femme. ......Buy Now (To Read More)
Ebook Number: 26757
Author: Shakespeare, William
Release Date: Oct 3, 2008
Translator: Guizot, François, 1787-1874
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