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All's Well That Ends Well - Act 4, scene 4
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Act 4, scene 4
Helen sets out with Diana and Diana’s mother to seek the King of France in Marseilles.Enter Helen, Widow, and Diana.
2447 That you may well perceive I have not wronged you,
2448 One of the greatest in the Christian world
2449 Shall be my surety, ’fore whose throne ’tis needful,
2450 Ere I can perfect mine intents, to kneel.
2451 5 Time was, I did him a desirèd office
2452 Dear almost as his life, which gratitude
2453 Through flinty Tartar’s bosom would peep forth
2454 And answer thanks. I duly am informed
2455 His Grace is at Marseilles, to which place
2456 10 We have convenient convoy. You must know
2457 I am supposèd dead. The army breaking,
2458 My husband hies him home, where, heaven aiding
2459 And by the leave of my good lord the King,
2460 We’ll be before our welcome.
WIDOW 2461 15 Gentle madam,
2462 You never had a servant to whose trust
2463 Your business was more welcome.
HELEN 2464 Nor ⌜you,⌝ mistress,
2465 Ever a friend whose thoughts more truly labor
2466 20 To recompense your love. Doubt not but heaven
2467 Hath brought me up to be your daughter’s dower,
2468 As it hath fated her to be my motive
2469 And helper to a husband. But O, strange men,
2470 That can such sweet use make of what they hate
2471 25 When saucy trusting of the cozened thoughts
2472 Defiles the pitchy night! So lust doth play
2473 With what it loathes for that which is away.
2474 But more of this hereafter.—You, Diana,
2475 Under my poor instructions yet must suffer
2476 30 Something in my behalf.
DIANA 2477 Let death and honesty
2478 Go with your impositions, I am yours
2479 Upon your will to suffer.
p. 175HELEN 2480 Yet, I pray you—
2481 35 But with the word “The time will bring on summer,”
2482 When briers shall have leaves as well as thorns
2483 And be as sweet as sharp. We must away.
2484 Our wagon is prepared, and time revives us.
2485 All’s well that ends well. Still the fine’s the crown.
2486 40 Whate’er the course, the end is the renown.