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ACT IV - SCENE IV. Florence. The Widow's house.
Enter HELENA, Widow, and DIANA

HELENA
1    That you may well perceive I have not wrong'd you,
2    One of the greatest in the Christian world
3    Shall be my surety; 'fore whose throne 'tis needful,
4    Ere I can perfect mine intents, to kneel:
5    Time was, I did him a desired office,
6    Dear almost as his life; which gratitude
7    Through flinty Tartar's bosom would peep forth,
8    And answer, thanks: I duly am inform'd
9    His grace is at Marseilles; to which place
10   We have convenient convoy. You must know
11   I am supposed dead: the army breaking,
12   My husband hies him home; where, heaven aiding,
13   And by the leave of my good lord the king,
14   We'll be before our welcome.
Widow
15   Gentle madam,
16   You never had a servant to whose trust
17   Your business was more welcome.
HELENA
18   Nor you, mistress,
19   Ever a friend whose thoughts more truly labour
20   To recompense your love: doubt not but heaven
21   Hath brought me up to be your daughter's dower,
22   As it hath fated her to be my motive
23   And helper to a husband. But, O strange men!
24   That can such sweet use make of what they hate,
25   When saucy trusting of the cozen'd thoughts
26   Defiles the pitchy night: so lust doth play
27   With what it loathes for that which is away.
28   But more of this hereafter. You, Diana,
29   Under my poor instructions yet must suffer
30   Something in my behalf.
DIANA
31   Let death and honesty
32   Go with your impositions, I am yours
33   Upon your will to suffer.
HELENA
34   Yet, I pray you:
35   But with the word the time will bring on summer,
36   When briers shall have leaves as well as thorns,
37   And be as sweet as sharp. We must away;
38   Our wagon is prepared, and time revives us:
39   All's well that ends well; still the fine's the crown;
40   Whate'er the course, the end is the renown.
Exeunt

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Scene Index
ACT I
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II
  • SCENE III


  • ACT II
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II
  • SCENE III
  • SCENE IV
  • SCENE V


  • ACT III
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II
  • SCENE III
  • SCENE IV
  • SCENE V
  • SCENE VI
  • SCENE VII


  • ACT IV
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II
  • SCENE III
  • SCENE IV
  • SCENE V


  • ACT V
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II
  • SCENE III
  • EPILOGUE

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