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All's Well That Ends Well

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Act III, Scene 1

Florence. The DUKE’s palace.


[Flourish. Enter the DUKE of Florence attended;] [p]the two Frenchmen, with a troop of soldiers.

  • Duke of Florence. So that from point to point now have you heard
    The fundamental reasons of this war, 1370
    Whose great decision hath much blood let forth
    And more thirsts after.
  • First Lord. Holy seems the quarrel
    Upon your grace's part; black and fearful
    On the opposer. 1375
  • Duke of Florence. Therefore we marvel much our cousin France
    Would in so just a business shut his bosom
    Against our borrowing prayers.
  • Second Lord. Good my lord,
    The reasons of our state I cannot yield, 1380
    But like a common and an outward man,
    That the great figure of a council frames
    By self-unable motion: therefore dare not
    Say what I think of it, since I have found
    Myself in my incertain grounds to fail 1385
    As often as I guess'd.
  • First Lord. But I am sure the younger of our nature,
    That surfeit on their ease, will day by day
    Come here for physic. 1390
  • Duke of Florence. Welcome shall they be;
    And all the honours that can fly from us
    Shall on them settle. You know your places well;
    When better fall, for your avails they fell:
    To-morrow to the field. 1395

[Flourish. Exeunt]