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ALL'S WELL

THAT

ENDS WELL.

PERSONS REPRESENTED.

KING OF FRANCE.
DUKE OF FLORENCE.
BertRAM, Count of Rousillon.
LAFEU, an old Lord.
PAROLLES, a follower of Bertram.
Several young French Lords, that serve with Bertram

in the Florentine war.
STEWARD,
Clown,

servants to the Countess of Rousillon. A Page.

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COUNTESS OF ROUSILLON, mother to Bertram.
HELENA, a gentlewoman protected by the Countess.
An old Widow of Florence.
DIANA, daughter to the Widow.

MOKINTA; } neighbours and friends to the Widow.

Lords, attending on the King; Officers, Soldiers, &c.

French and Florentine.

Scene, partly in France, and partly in Tuscany.

ALL'S WELL

THAT

E NDS WELL.

ACT THE FIRST.

SCENE I.

Rousillon. A Room in the Countess's Palace.

Enter BERTRAM, the Countess of ROUSILLON,

HELENA, and LaFeu, in mourning. Countess. In delivering my son from me, I bury a 'second husband.

Ber. And I, in going, madam, weep o'er my father's death anew : but I must attend his majesty's command, to whom I am now in ward', evermore in subjection.

Laf. You shall find of the king a husband, madam; - you, sir, a father : He that so generally is at all times good, must of necessity hold

his virtue to you ; whose worthiness would stir it up where it wanted, rather than lack it where there is such abundance.

Count. What hope is there of his majesty's amendment?

• Under his particular care, as my guardian.

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Laf. He hath abandoned his physicians, madam; under whose practices he hath persecuted time with hope ; and finds no other advantage in the process but only the losing of hope by time.

Count. This young gentlewoman had a father, (0, that had! how sad a passage 'tis !) whose skill was almost as great as his honesty ; had it stretched so far, would have made nature im ortal, and death should have play for lack of work. 'Would, for the king's sake, he were living ! I think, it would be the death of the king's disease.

Laf. How called you the man you speak of, madam ?

Count. He was famous, sir, in his profession, and it was his great right to be so: Gerard de Narbon.

Laf. He was excellent, indeed, madam; the king very lately spoke of him, admiringly, and mourningly: he was skilful enough to have lived still, if knowledge could be set up against mortality.Was this gentlewoman, the daughter of Gerard de Narbon ?

Count. His sole child, my lord ; and bequeathed to my overlooking. I have those hopes of her good, that her education promises : her dispositions she inherits, which make fair gifts fairer; for where an unclean mind carries virtuous qualities, there commendations go with pity, they are virtues and traitors. too; in her they are the better for their simpleness ; she derives her honesty, and achieves her goodness.

Laf. Your commendations, madam, get from her tears.

Count. 'Tis the best brine a maiden can season her praise in. The remembrance of her father never approaches her heart, but the tyranny of her sorrows takes all livelihood from her cheek. No more of this, Helena, go to, no more; lest it be rather thought you

affect a sorrow, than to have. Hel. I do affect a sorrow, indeed, but I have it too.

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THAT ENDS WELL.

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Laf. Moderate lamentation is the right of the dead, excessive grief the enemy to the living.

Count. If the living be enemy to the grief, the excess makes it soon mortal.

Ber. Madam, I desire your holy wishes.
Laf. How understand we that?
Count. Be thou blest, Bertram ! and succeed thy

father
In manners, as in shape ! thy blood, and virtue,
Contend for empire in thee; and thy goodness
Share with thy birth-right! Love all, trust a few,
Do wrong to none : be able for thine enemy
Rather in power, than use; and keep thy friend
Under thy own life's key: be check'd for silence,
But never tax'd for speech. What heaven more will,
That thee may furnish, and my prayers pluck down,
Fall on thy head! Farewell. – My lord,
'Tis an unseason'd courtier ; good my lord,
Advise him.

Laf. He cannot want the best
That shall attend his love.
Count. Heaven bless him! Farewell, Bertram.

[Exit Countess. Ber. The best wishes, that can be forged in your thoughts, [T. HELENA] be servants to you! Be comfortable to my mother, your mistress, and make much of her.

Laf. Farewell, pretty lady: You must hold the credit of your father.

[Exeunt BERTRAM and LAFEU. Hel. O, were that all!- I think not on my

father;
And these great tears grace his remembrance more
Than those I shed for him. What was he like?
Į have forgot him : my imagination
Carries no favour in it, but Bertram's.
Ï,am undone; there is no living, none,
If Bertram be away. It were all one,
"That I should love a bright particular star,

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