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All's Well That Ends Well - Act 5, scene 1
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Act 5, scene 1
Helen finds herself unable to petition the King because he has already departed for Rossillion.Enter Helen, Widow, and Diana, with two Attendants.
2595 But this exceeding posting day and night
2596 Must wear your spirits low. We cannot help it.
2597 But since you have made the days and nights as one
2598 To wear your gentle limbs in my affairs,
2599 5 Be bold you do so grow in my requital
2600 As nothing can unroot you.
Enter ⌜a Gentleman,⌝ a gentle Astringer.
2601 In happy time!
2602 This man may help me to his Majesty’s ear,
2603 If he would spend his power.—God save you, sir.
GENTLEMAN 2604 10And you.
2605 Sir, I have seen you in the court of France.
GENTLEMAN 2606 I have been sometimes there.
2607 I do presume, sir, that you are not fall’n
2608 From the report that goes upon your goodness,
2609 15 And therefore, goaded with most sharp occasions
2610 Which lay nice manners by, I put you to
2611 The use of your own virtues, for the which
2612 I shall continue thankful.
p. 187GENTLEMAN 2613 What’s your will?
HELEN, ⌜taking out a paper⌝ 2614 20That it will please you
2615 To give this poor petition to the King
2616 And aid me with that store of power you have
2617 To come into his presence.
2618 The King’s not here.
HELEN 2619 25 Not here, sir?
GENTLEMAN 2620 Not indeed.
2621 He hence removed last night, and with more haste
2622 Than is his use.
WIDOW 2623 Lord, how we lose our pains!
HELEN 2624 30All’s well that ends well yet,
2625 Though time seem so adverse and means unfit.—
2626 I do beseech you, whither is he gone?
2627 Marry, as I take it, to Rossillion,
2628 Whither I am going.
HELEN, ⌜giving him the paper⌝ 2629 35 I do beseech you, sir,
2630 Since you are like to see the King before me,
2631 Commend the paper to his gracious hand,
2632 Which I presume shall render you no blame
2633 But rather make you thank your pains for it.
2634 40 I will come after you with what good speed
2635 Our means will make us means.
GENTLEMAN 2636 This I’ll do for you.
2637 And you shall find yourself to be well thanked
2638 Whate’er falls more. We must to horse again.—
2639 45 Go, go, provide.