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  • Title: All's Well That Ends Well (Folio 1, 1623)
  • Editors: Andrew Griffin, Helen Ostovich
  • ISBN: 978-1-55058-432-5

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    Author: William Shakespeare
    Editors: Andrew Griffin, Helen Ostovich
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    All's Well That Ends Well (Folio 1, 1623)

    Actus Tertius
    Flourish. Enter the Duke of Florence, the two Frenchmen
    with a troope of Souldiers
    Duke So that from point to point, now haue you heard
    1375The fundamentall reasons of this warre,
    Whose great decision hath much blood let forth
    And more thirsts after.
    1.Lord Holy seemes the quarrell
    Vpon your Graces part: blacke and fearefull
    1380On the opposer.
    Duke Therefore we meruaile much our Cosin France
    Would in so iust a businesse, shut his bosome
    Against our borrowing prayers.
    FrenchE Good my Lord,
    1385The reasons of our state I cannot yeelde,
    But like a common and an outward man,
    That the great figure of a Counsaile frames,
    By selfe vnable motion, therefore dare not
    Say what I thinke of it, since I haue found
    1390My selfe in my incertaine grounds to faile
    As often as I guest.
    Duke Be it his pleasure.
    Fren.G But I am sure the yonger of our nature,
    That surfet on their ease, will day by day
    1395Come heere for Physicke.
    Duke Welcome shall they bee:
    And all the honors that can flye from vs,
    Shall on them settle: you know your places well,
    When better fall, for your auailes they fell,
    1400To morrow to'th the field.