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All’s Well That Ends Well

ACT V SCENE I Marseilles. A street.
[ Enter HELENA, Widow, and DIANA, with two 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 5
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.
Gentleman And you.
HELENA Sir, I have seen you in the court of France. 10
Gentleman I have been sometimes there.
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,
Which lay nice manners by, I put you to 15
The use of your own virtues, for the which
I shall continue thankful.
Gentleman What’s your will?
HELENA That it will please you
To give this poor petition to the king, 20
And aid me with that store of power you have
To come into his presence.
Gentleman The king’s not here.
HELENA Not here, sir!
Gentleman Not, indeed: 25
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,
Though time seem so adverse and means unfit. 30
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,
Since you are like to see the king before me, 35
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
Our means will make us means. 40
Gentleman This I’ll do for you.
HELENA And you shall find yourself to be well thank’d,
Whate’er falls more. We must to horse again.
Go, go, provide.

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