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All's Well That Ends Well

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Act V, Scene 1

Marseilles. A street.


[Enter HELENA, Widow, and DIANA, with two] [p]Attendants]

  • Helena. But this exceeding posting day and night
    Must wear your spirits low; we cannot help it:
    But since you have made the days and nights as one,
    To wear your gentle limbs in my affairs,
    Be bold you do so grow in my requital 2570
    As nothing can unroot you. In happy time;
    [Enter a Gentleman]
    This man may help me to his majesty's ear,
    If he would spend his power. God save you, sir.
  • Helena. Sir, I have seen you in the court of France.
  • Helena. I do presume, sir, that you are not fallen
    From the report that goes upon your goodness;
    An therefore, goaded with most sharp occasions, 2580
    Which lay nice manners by, I put you to
    The use of your own virtues, for the which
    I shall continue thankful.
  • Helena. That it will please you 2585
    To give this poor petition to the king,
    And aid me with that store of power you have
    To come into his presence.
  • Gentleman. Not, indeed:
    He hence removed last night and with more haste
    Than is his use.
  • Widow. Lord, how we lose our pains!
  • Helena. ALL'S WELL THAT ENDS WELL yet, 2595
    Though time seem so adverse and means unfit.
    I do beseech you, whither is he gone?
  • Gentleman. Marry, as I take it, to Rousillon;
    Whither I am going.
  • Helena. I do beseech you, sir, 2600
    Since you are like to see the king before me,
    Commend the paper to his gracious hand,
    Which I presume shall render you no blame
    But rather make you thank your pains for it.
    I will come after you with what good speed 2605
    Our means will make us means.
  • Helena. And you shall find yourself to be well thank'd,
    Whate'er falls more. We must to horse again.
    Go, go, provide. 2610