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ALL'S WELL THAT ENDS WELL.
396 ALL'S WELL THAT ENDS WELL. [ACT III That twenty such rude boys might tend upon, And call her, hourly, mistress. Who was with him ?
1 Gent. A servant only, and a gentleman Which I have some time known. Count.
Parolles, was't not? 1 Gent. Ay, my good lady, he.
Count. A very tainted fellow, and full of wickedness. My son corrupts a well-derived nature With his inducement. 1 Gent.
Indeed, good lady,
Count. You are welcome, gentlemen.
We serve you, madam,
Count. Not so, but as we change our courtesies.? Will you draw near?
[Exeunt Countess and Gentlemen. Hel. Till I have no wife, I have nothing in France. Nothing in France, until he has no wife! Thou shalt have none, Rousillon, none in France; Then hast thou all again. Poor lord ! is't I That chase thee from thy country, and expose Those tender limbs of thine to the event Of the none-sparing war ? And is it I That drive thee from the sportive court, where thou Wast shot at with fair eyes, to be the mark Of smoky muskets? O you leaden messengers, That ride upon the violent speed of fire, Fly with false aim ; move the still-peering air, That sings with piercing, do not touch my lord !
1 This passage as it stands is very obscure; something appears to be omitted after much. Warburton interprets it, “That his vices stand him in stead of virtues.”
2 The countess answers-no otherwise than as she returns the same offices of civility.
Whoever shoots at him, I set him there ;
SCENE III. Florence. Before the Duke's Palace
Enter the Duke of Florence, BERTRAM, Lords, Offi
cers, Soldiers, and others.
Sir, it is
Then go thou forth ;
i That is, the ravenous or ravening lion.
2 The sense is, “ From that place, where all the advantages that honor usually reaps from the danger it rushes upon, is only a scar in testimony of its bravery, as, on the other hand, it often is the cause of losing all, even life itself.”
This very day,
SCENE IV. Rousillon. A Room in the Countess's
Ambitious love hath so in me offended,
With sainted vow my faults to have amended.
My dearest master, your dear son, may hie ; Bless him at home in peace, whilst I from far,
His name with zealous fervor sanctify.
1, his despiteful Juno, sent him forth
Where death and danger dog the heels of worth.
1 At Orleans was a church dedicated to St. Jaques, to which pilgrims formerly used to resort, to adore a part of the cross pretended to be found there. See Heylin's France Painted to the Lisc, 1056, p. 270~0.
2 Alluding to the story of Hercules. 3 i. e. discretion or thought.