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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 ]
HELENABut 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 requital5
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.
GentlemanAnd you.
HELENASir, I have seen you in the court of France.10
GentlemanI have been sometimes there.
HELENAI 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 to15
The use of your own virtues, for the which
I shall continue thankful.
GentlemanWhat's your will?
HELENAThat 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.
GentlemanThe king's not here.
HELENANot here, sir!
GentlemanNot, indeed:25
He hence removed last night and with more haste
Than is his use.
WidowLord, how we lose our pains!
HELENAAll's well that ends well yet,
Though time seem so adverse and means unfit.30
I do beseech you, whither is he gone?
GentlemanMarry, as I take it, to Rousillon;
Whither I am going.
HELENAI 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
GentlemanThis I'll do for you.
HELENAAnd 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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