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

    Copyright Helen Ostovich and Andrew Griffin. This text may be freely used for educational, non-profit purposes; for all other uses contact the Editor.
    Author: William Shakespeare
    Editors: Andrew Griffin, Helen Ostovich
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    All's Well That Ends Well (Modern)

    Flourish. Enter the Duke of Florence, [Bertram, Count of] Roussillon, 1540[with] drum and trumpets, Soldiers, [and] Paroles.
    Duke [To Bertram] The general of our horse thou art, and we,
    Great in our hope, lay our best love and credence
    Upon thy promising fortune.
    Sir, it is
    1545A charge too heavy for my strength, but yet
    We'll strive to bear it, for your worthy sake,
    To th' extreme edge of hazard.
    Then go thou forth,
    And fortune play upon thy prosperous helm
    1550As thy auspicious mistress.
    This very day,
    Great Mars, I put myself into thy file:
    Make me but like my thoughts, and I shall prove
    A lover of thy drum, hater of love.
    Exeunt omnes.