All’s Well That Ends Well
Act 4, Scene 4
Florence. The Widow’s house.
- Enter Helen, Widow, and Diana.
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- That you may well perceive I have not wrong’d you,
- One of the greatest in the Christian world
- Shall be my surety; ’fore whose throne ’tis needful,
- Ere I can perfect mine intents, to kneel.
- Time was, I did him a desired office,
- Dear almost as his life, which gratitude
- Through flinty Tartar’s bosom would peep forth,
- And answer thanks. I duly am inform’d
- His Grace is at Marsellis, to which place
- We have convenient convoy. You must know
- I am supposed dead. The army breaking,
- My husband hies him home, where heaven aiding,
- And by the leave of my good lord the King,
- We’ll be before our welcome.
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- Gentle madam,
- You never had a servant to whose trust
- Your business was more welcome.
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- Nor you, mistress,
- Ever a friend whose thoughts more truly labor
- To recompense your love. Doubt not but heaven
- Hath brought me up to be your daughter’s dower,
- As it hath fated her to be my motive
- And helper to a husband. But O, strange men,
- That can such sweet use make of what they hate,
- When saucy trusting of the cozen’d thoughts
- Defiles the pitchy night; so lust doth play
- With what it loathes for that which is away—
- But more of this hereafter. You, Diana,
- Under my poor instructions yet must suffer
- Something in my behalf.
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- Let death and honesty
- Go with your impositions, I am yours
- Upon your will to suffer.
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- Yet, I pray you:
- But with the word the time will bring on summer,
- When briers shall have leaves as well as thorns,
- And be as sweet as sharp. We must away:
- Our wagon is prepar’d, and time revives us.
- All’s well that ends well! Still the fine’s the crown;
- What e’er the course, the end is the renown.