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Reference: V6v - Comedies, p. 240

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All's Well that Ends Well. A verie serrious businesse call's on him: The great prerogatiue and rite of loue,
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Which as your due time claimes, he do's acknowledge, But puts it off to a compell'd restraint: Whose want, and whose delay, is strew'd with sweets Which they distill now in the curbed time, To make the comming houre oreflow with ioy,
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And pleasure drowne the brim.
Hel.

What's his will else?

Par. That you will take your instant leaue a'th king, And make this hast as your owne good proceeding, Strengthned with what Apologie you thinke
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May make it probable neede.
Hel.

What more commands hee?

Par. That hauing this obtain'd, you presentlie Attend his further pleasure. Hel.

In euery thing I waite vpon his will.

Par.
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I shall report it so.

Exit Par. Hel.

I pray you come sirrah.

Exit
[Act 2, Scene 5] Enter Lafew and Bertram. Laf.

But I hope your Lordshippe thinkes not him a

souldier.

Ber.

Yes my Lord and of verie valiant approofe.

Laf.
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You haue it from his owne deliuerance.

Ber.

And by other warranted testimonie.

Laf.

Then my Diall goes not true, I tooke this Larke

for a bunting.

Ber.

I do assure you my Lord he is very great in know­

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ledge, and accordinglie valiant.

Laf.

I haue then sinn'd against his experience, and

transgrest against his valour, and my state that way is

dangerous, since I cannot yet find in my heart to repent:

Heere he comes, I pray you make vs freinds, I will pur­

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sue the amitie.

Enter Parolles. Par.

These things shall be done sir.

Laf.

Pray you sir whose his Tailor?

Par.

Sir?

Laf.

O I know him well, I sir, hee sirs a good worke­

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man, a verie good Tailor.

Ber.

Is shee gone to the king?

Par.

Shee is.

Ber.

Will shee away to night?

Par.

As you'le haue her.

Ber.
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I haue writ my letters, casketted my treasure, Giuen order for our horses, and to night, When I should take possession of the Bride, And ere I doe begin.
Laf.

A good Trauailer is something at the latter end

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of a dinner, but on that lies three thirds, and vses a

known truth to passe a thousand nothings with, should

bee once hard, and thrice beaten. God saue you Cap­

taine.

Ber.

Is there any vnkindnes betweene my Lord and

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u Monsieur?

Par.

I know not how I haue deserued to run into my

ords displeasure.

Laf.

You haue made shift to run into't, bootes and

spurres and all: like him that leapt into the Custard, and

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out of it you'le runne againe, rather then suffer question

for your residence.

Ber.

It may bee you haue mistaken him my Lord.

Laf.

And shall doe so euer, though I tooke him at's

prayers. Fare you well my Lord, and beleeue this of

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me, there can be no kernell in this light Nut: the soule

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of this man is his cloathes: Trust him not in matter of

heauie consequence: I haue kept of them tame, & know

their natures. Farewell Monsieur, I haue spoken better

of you, then you haue or will to deserue at my hand, but

we must do good against euill.

Par.
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An idle Lord, I sweare.

Ber.

I thinke so.

Par.

Why do you not know him?

Ber. Yes, I do know him well, and common speech Giues him a worthy passe. Heere comes my clog. Enter Helena. Hel.
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I haue sir as I was commanded from you Spoke with the King, and haue procur'd his leaue For present parting, onely he desires Some priuate speech with you.
Ber. I shall obey his will.
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You must not meruaile Helen at my course, Which holds not colour with the time, nor does The ministration, and required office On my particular. Prepar'd I was not For such a businesse, therefore am I found
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So much vnsetled: This driues me to intreate you, That presently you take your way for home, And rather muse then aske why I intreate you, For my respects are better then they seeme, And my appointments haue in them a neede
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Greater then shewes it selfe at the first view, To you that know them not. This to my mother, 'Twill be two daies ere I shall see you, so I leaue you to your wisedome.
Hel.

Sir, I can nothing say, But that I am your most obedient seruant.

Ber.
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Come, come, no more of that.

Hel. And euer shall With true obseruance seeke to eeke out that Wherein toward me my homely starres haue faild To equall my great fortune. Ber.
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Let that goe: my hast is verie great. Farwell: Hie home.
Hel.

Pray sir your pardon.

Ber.

Well, what would you say?

Hel. I am not worthie of the wealth I owe,
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Nor dare I say 'tis mine: and yet it is, But like a timorous theefe, most faine would steale What law does vouch mine owne.
Ber.

What would you haue?

Hel. Something, and scarse so much: nothing indeed,
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I would not tell you what I would my Lord: Faith yes, Strangers and foes do sunder, and not kisse.
Ber.

I pray you stay not, but in hast to horse.

Hel. I shall not breake your bidding, good my Lord: Where are my other men? Monsieur, farwell. Exit Ber.
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Go thou toward home, where I wil neuer come, Whilst I can shake my sword, or heare the drumme: Away, and for our flight.
Par.

Brauely, Coragio.

[Act 3, Scene 1] Actus Tertius. Flourish. Enter the Duke of Florence, the two Frenchmen, with a troope of Souldiers. Duke. So that from point to point, now haue you heard The

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[Act 3, Scene 1] Actus Tertius. Flourish. Enter the Duke of Florence, the two Frenchmen, with a troope of Souldiers. Duke. So that from point to point, now haue you heard
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The fundamentall reasons of this warre, Whose great decision hath much blood let forth And more thirsts after.
1. Lord. Holy seemes the quarrell Vpon your Graces part: blacke and fearefull
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On the opposer.
Duke. Therefore we meruaile much our Cosin France Would in so iust a businesse, shut his bosome Against our borrowing prayers. French E. Good my Lord,
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The reasons of our state I cannot yeelde, But like a common and an outward man, That the great figure of a Counsaile frames, By selfe vnable motion, therefore dare not Say what I thinke of it, since I haue found
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My selfe in my incertaine grounds to faile As often as I guest.
Duke.

Be it his pleasure.

Fren. G. But I am sure the yonger of our nature, That surfet on their ease, will day by day
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Come heere for Physicke.
Duke. Welcome shall they bee: And all the honors that can flye from vs, Shall on them settle: you know your places well, When better fall, for your auailes they fell,
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To morrow to'th the field.
Flourish.
 

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