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The Cambridge History of English and American Literature in 18 Volumes (1907–21).
Volume IV. Prose and Poetry: Sir Thomas North to Michael Drayton.

V. Early English Comedy

§ 10. Lucrece

Whether there was the same collision of tendencies in The Play of Lucrece, issued, probably, like Calisto and Melebea, from the press of John Rastell, it is not possible to say. Only a fragment, apparently, survives; but, from this, it is evident that the interlude includes a romantic love-story between a Publius Cornelius and a lady Lucrece otherwise unknown to history or to the stage. The portions of two scenes which have been preserved are written in lively manner, in short lines with, as a rule, three stresses.