Maiden bud

The Rape of Lucrece, [848-854]. “‘Why should the worm intrude the maiden bud?/ Or hateful cuckoos hatch in sparrows’ nests?/ Or toads infect fair founts with venom mud?/ Or tyrant folly lurk in gentle breasts?/ Or kings be breakers of their own behests?/ But no perfection is so absolute/ That some impurity doth not pollute.”

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