All’s Well That Ends Well
Act II, Scene 1
Paris . The King’s palace .
- Enter the King , with divers young Lords taking leave for the
- Florentine war , ( Bertram ) Count Roussillon , and Parolles .
- Flourish cornets .
King of France1 - 5
- Farewell , young lords , these warlike principles
- Do not throw from you ; and you , my lords , farewell .
- Share the advice betwixt you ; if both gain all ,
- The gift doth stretch itself as ’tis receiv’d ,
- And is enough for both .
First French Lord Dumaine6 - 8
- ’Tis our hope , sir ,
- After well - ent’red soldiers , to return
- And find your Grace in health .
King of France9 - 18
- No , no , it cannot be ; and yet my heart
- Will not confess he owes the malady
- That doth my life besiege . Farewell , young lords ,
- Whether I live or die , be you the sons
- Of worthy Frenchmen . Let higher Italy
- ( Those bated that inherit but the fall
- Of the last monarchy ) see that you come
- Not to woo honor , but to wed it , when
- The bravest questant shrinks . Find what you seek ,
- That fame may cry you loud . I say farewell .
Second French Lord Dumaine19
- Health , at your bidding , serve your Majesty !
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- Those girls of Italy , take heed of them .
- They say our French lack language to deny
- If they demand . Beware of being captives
- Before you serve .
Both French Lords24
- Our hearts receive your warnings .
King of France25
- Farewell .— Come hither to me .
- The King retires apart with some Lords .
First French Lord Dumaine26
- O my sweet lord , that you will stay behind us !
- ’Tis not his fault , the spark .
Second French Lord Dumaine28
- O , ’tis brave wars !
- Most admirable ! I have seen those wars .
Bertram30 - 31
- I am commanded here , and kept a coil with ,
- “ Too young ” and “ the next year ” and “ ’tis too early .”
- And thy mind stand to’t , boy , steal away bravely .
Bertram33 - 36
- I shall stay here the forehorse to a smock ,
- Creaking my shoes on the plain masonry ,
- Till honor be bought up , and no sword worn
- But one to dance with ! By heaven , I’ll steal away .
First French Lord Dumaine37
- There’s honor in the theft .
- Commit it , Count .
Second French Lord Dumaine39
- I am your accessary , and so farewell .
- I grow to you , and our parting is a tortur’d body .
First French Lord Dumaine41
- Farewell , captain .
Second French Lord Dumaine42
- Sweet Monsieur Parolles !
Parolles43 - 48
- Noble heroes ! My sword and yours are kin . Good sparks and
- lustrous , a word , good metals : you shall find in the
- regiment of the Spinii one Captain Spurio , with his
- cicatrice , an emblem of war , here on his sinister cheek ; it
- was this very sword entrench’d it . Say to him I live , and
- observe his reports for me .
First French Lord Dumaine49
- We shall , noble captain .
Parolles50 - 51
- Mars dote on you for his novices !
- Exeunt Lords .
- What will ye do ?
- Stay the King .
Parolles53 - 59
- Use a more spacious ceremony to the noble lords ; you have
- restrain’d yourself within the list of too cold an adieu . Be
- more expressive to them , for they wear themselves in the cap
- of the time , there do muster true gait ; eat , speak , and move
- under the influence of the most receiv’d star , and though
- the devil lead the measure , such are to be follow’d . After
- them , and take a more dilated farewell .
- And I will do so .
- Worthy fellows , and like to prove most sinewy swordmen .
- Exeunt Bertram and Parolles .
- Enter Lafew .
- The King comes forward .
- Kneeling .
- Pardon , my lord , for me and for my tidings .
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- I’ll see thee to stand up .
Lafew64 - 66
- Then here’s a man stands that has brought his pardon .
- I would you had kneel’d , my lord , to ask me mercy ,
- And that at my bidding you could so stand up .
King of France67 - 68
- I would I had , so I had broke thy pate ,
- And ask’d thee mercy for’t .
Lafew69 - 71
- Good faith , across !
- But , my good lord , ’tis thus : will you be cur’d
- Of your infirmity ?
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- No .
Lafew73 - 82
- O , will you eat
- No grapes , my royal fox ? Yes , but you will
- My noble grapes , and if my royal fox
- Could reach them . I have seen a medicine
- That’s able to breathe life into a stone ,
- Quicken a rock , and make you dance canary
- With spritely fire and motion , whose simple touch
- Is powerful to araise King Pippen , nay ,
- To give great Charlemain a pen in ’s hand
- And write to her a love - line .
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- What her is this ?
Lafew84 - 92
- Why , Doctor She ! My lord , there’s one arriv’d ,
- If you will see her . Now by my faith and honor ,
- If seriously I may convey my thoughts
- In this my light deliverance , I have spoke
- With one , that in her sex , her years , profession ,
- Wisdom , and constancy , hath amaz’d me more
- Than I dare blame my weakness . Will you see her —
- For that is her demand — and know her business ?
- That done , laugh well at me .
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- Now , good Lafew ,
- Bring in the admiration , that we with thee
- May spend our wonder too , or take off thine
- By wond’ring how thou took’st it .
Lafew97 - 98
- Nay , I’ll fit you ,
- And not be all day neither .
- Goes to the door .
King of France99
- Thus he his special nothing ever prologues .
- Nay , come your ways .
- Enter Helen .
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- This haste hath wings indeed .
Lafew102 - 106
- Nay , come your ways ;
- This is his Majesty , say your mind to him .
- A traitor you do look like , but such traitors
- His Majesty seldom fears . I am Cressid’s uncle ,
- That dare leave two together ; fare you well .
- Exit .
King of France107
- Now , fair one , does your business follow us ?
Helena108 - 110
- Ay , my good lord .
- Gerard de Narbon was my father ,
- In what he did profess , well found .
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- I knew him .
Helena112 - 123
- The rather will I spare my praises towards him ,
- Knowing him is enough . On ’s bed of death
- Many receipts he gave me ; chiefly one ,
- Which as the dearest issue of his practice ,
- And of his old experience th’ only darling ,
- He bade me store up , as a triple eye ,
- Safer than mine own two , more dear . I have so ,
- And hearing your high Majesty is touch’d
- With that malignant cause wherein the honor
- Of my dear father’s gift stands chief in power ,
- I come to tender it , and my appliance ,
- With all bound humbleness .
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- We thank you , maiden ,
- But may not be so credulous of cure ,
- When our most learned doctors leave us , and
- The congregated college have concluded
- That laboring art can never ransom nature
- From her inaidible estate ; I say we must not
- So stain our judgment , or corrupt our hope ,
- To prostitute our past - cure malady
- To empirics , or to dissever so
- Our great self and our credit , to esteem
- A senseless help when help past sense we deem .
Helena135 - 138
- My duty then shall pay me for my pains .
- I will no more enforce mine office on you ,
- Humbly entreating from your royal thoughts
- A modest one , to bear me back again .
King of France139 - 143
- I cannot give thee less , to be call’d grateful .
- Thou thought’st to help me , and such thanks I give
- As one near death to those that wish him live .
- But what at full I know , thou know’st no part ,
- I knowing all my peril , thou no art .
Helena144 - 154
- What I can do can do no hurt to try ,
- Since you set up your rest ’gainst remedy .
- He that of greatest works is finisher
- Oft does them by the weakest minister :
- So holy writ in babes hath judgment shown ,
- When judges have been babes ; great floods have flown
- From simple sources ; and great seas have dried
- When miracles have by the great’st been denied .
- Oft expectation fails , and most oft there
- Where most it promises ; and oft it hits
- Where hope is coldest , and despair most fits .
King of France155 - 157
- I must not hear thee ; fare thee well , kind maid ,
- Thy pains not us’d must by thyself be paid .
- Proffers not took reap thanks for their reward .
Helena158 - 168
- Inspired merit so by breath is barr’d .
- It is not so with Him that all things knows
- As ’tis with us that square our guess by shows ;
- But most it is presumption in us when
- The help of heaven we count the act of men .
- Dear sir , to my endeavors give consent ,
- Of heaven , not me , make an experiment .
- I am not an imposture that proclaim
- Myself against the level of mine aim ,
- But know I think , and think I know most sure ,
- My art is not past power , nor you past cure .
King of France169 - 170
- Art thou so confident ? Within what space
- Hop’st thou my cure ?
Helena171 - 179
- The greatest grace lending grace ,
- Ere twice the horses of the sun shall bring
- Their fiery torcher his diurnal ring ,
- Ere twice in murk and occidental damp
- Moist Hesperus hath quench’d her sleepy lamp ,
- Or four and twenty times the pilot’s glass
- Hath told the thievish minutes how they pass ,
- What is infirm from your sound parts shall fly ,
- Health shall live free , and sickness freely die .
King of France180 - 181
- Upon thy certainty and confidence
- What dar’st thou venter ?
Helena182 - 186
- Tax of impudence ,
- A strumpet’s boldness , a divulged shame ,
- Traduc’d by odious ballads ; my maiden’s name
- Sear’d otherwise ; ne worse of worst — extended
- With vildest torture , let my life be ended .
King of France187 - 198
- Methinks in thee some blessed spirit doth speak
- His powerful sound within an organ weak ;
- And what impossibility would slay
- In common sense , sense saves another way .
- Thy life is dear , for all that life can rate
- Worth name of life in thee hath estimate :
- Youth , beauty , wisdom , courage , all
- That happiness and prime can happy call .
- Thou this to hazard needs must intimate
- Skill infinite , or monstrous desperate .
- Sweet practicer , thy physic I will try ,
- That ministers thine own death if I die .
Helena199 - 202
- If I break time , or flinch in property
- Of what I spoke , unpitied let me die ,
- And well deserv’d . Not helping , death’s my fee ,
- But if I help , what do you promise me ?
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- Make thy demand .
- But will you make it even ?
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- Ay , by my sceptre and my hopes of heaven .
Helena206 - 213
- Then shalt thou give me with thy kingly hand
- What husband in thy power I will command .
- Exempted be from me the arrogance
- To choose from forth the royal blood of France ,
- My low and humble name to propagate
- With any branch or image of thy state ;
- But such a one thy vassal , whom I know
- Is free for me to ask , thee to bestow .
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- Here is my hand , the premises observ’d ,
- Thy will by my performance shall be serv’d .
- So make the choice of thy own time , for I ,
- Thy resolv’d patient , on thee still rely .
- More should I question thee , and more I must —
- Though more to know could not be more to trust —
- From whence thou cam’st , how tended on , but rest
- Unquestion’d welcome and undoubted blest .—
- Give me some help here ho !— If thou proceed
- As high as word , my deed shall match thy deed .
- Flourish . Exeunt .