All's Well That Ends Well


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Flourish of cornets. Enter the King of France with

letters, and divers attendants


KING

The Florentines and Senoys are by th' ears,
divers (adj.) different, various, several
ears, by the at odds, fighting like beasts

Have fought with equal fortune, and continue

A braving war.
braving (adj.) defiant, daring, boasting


FIRST LORD

                         So 'tis reported, sir.


KING

Nay, 'tis most credible. We here receive it

A certainty, vouched from our cousin Austria,

With caution that the Florentine will move us
move (v.) 4 appeal to, urge, exhort

For speedy aid; wherein our dearest friend

Prejudicates the business, and would seem
prejudicate (v.) prejudge, give an influential opinion about

To have us make denial.


FIRST LORD

                         His love and wisdom,

Approved so to your majesty, may plead
approve (v.) 1 prove, confirm, corroborate, substantiate

For amplest credence.
arm (v.) 2 prepare for action, put armour on


KING

                         He hath armed our answer,

And Florence is denied before he comes;

Yet, for our gentlemen that mean to see

The Tuscan service, freely have they leave

To stand on either part.
part (n.) 2 side, camp, party
stand (v.) 13 make a stand [against], fight, resist


SECOND LORD

                         It well may serve

A nursery to our gentry, who are sick
nursery (n.) 2 training-ground, prep school
sick (adj.) 1 longing, pining, avid

For breathing and exploit.
breathing (n.) 3 exercise, exertion, active employment
exploit (n.) 2 military action, martial undertaking


KING

                         What's he comes here?

Enter Bertram, Lafew, and Parolles


FIRST LORD

It is the Count Rossillion, my good lord,

Young Bertram.


KING

                         Youth, thou bearest thy father's face;

Frank nature, rather curious than in haste,
curious (adj.) 4 careful, fastidious, attentive
frank (adj.) 1 generous, liberal, bounteous

Hath well composed thee. Thy father's moral parts
compose (v.) 1 make up, produce, fashion

Mayst thou inherit too! Welcome to Paris.


BERTRAM

My thanks and duty are your majesty's.


KING

I would I had that corporal soundness now,
corporal (adj.) 1 bodily, physical

As when thy father and myself in friendship

First tried our soldiership. He did look far

Into the service of the time, and was
service (n.) 3 military service, affairs of war

Discipled of the bravest. He lasted long,
brave (adj.) 2 noble, worthy, excellent
disciple (v.) teach, instruct, train

But on us both did haggish age steal on,
haggish (adj.) like a hag, ugly, repulsive

And wore us out of act. It much repairs me
act (n.) 1 activity, action, performance
repair (v.) 2 restore, renew, revive

To talk of your good father. In his youth

He had the wit which I can well observe
wit (n.) 2 mental sharpness, acumen, quickness, ingenuity See Topics: Frequency count

Today in our young lords, but they may jest

Till their own scorn return to them unnoted

Ere they can hide their levity in honour.

So like a courtier, contempt nor bitterness

Were in his pride or sharpness; if they were,

His equal had awaked them, and his honour,

Clock to itself, knew the true minute when

Exception bid him speak, and at this time
exception (n.) 2 resentment, sense of grievance

His tongue obeyed his hand. Who were below him
tongue (n.) 1 speech, expression, language, words, voice

He used as creatures of another place,
place (n.) 1 position, post, office, rank See Topics: Frequency count
use (v.) 2 treat, deal with, manage

And bowed his eminent top to their low ranks,
top (n.) 2 head

Making them proud of his humility,

In their poor praise he humbled. Such a man

Might be a copy to these younger times;
copy (n.) 1 example, model, pattern

Which, followed well, would demonstrate them now

But goers backward.
remembrance (n.) 1 memory, bringing to mind, recollection See Topics: Frequency count


BERTRAM

                         His good remembrance, sir,

Lies richer in your thoughts than on his tomb;

So in approof lives not his epitaph
approof (n.) 3 proof, affirmation, attestation

As in your royal speech.


KING

Would I were with him! He would always say –

Methinks I hear him now; his plausive words
methinks(t), methought(s) (v.) it seems /seemed to me See Topics: Frequency count
plausive (adj.) 1 pleasing, praiseworthy, laudable

He scattered not in ears, but grafted them
graft (v.) insert, implant, make grow

To grow there and to bear – ‘Let me not live',

This his good melancholy oft began
oft (adv.) often See Topics: Frequency count

On the catastrophe and heel of pastime,
catastrophe (n.) 1 conclusion, end-point, expiration
heel (n.) end, completion, termination
pastime (n.) pleasure, delight, enjoyment

When it was out, ‘ Let me not live,’ quoth he,
out (adv.) 6 at an end, finished
quoth (v.) said See Topics: Frequency count

‘ After my flame lacks oil, to be the snuff
snuff (n.) 2 smouldering candle-end, burnt-out wick

Of younger spirits, whose apprehensive senses
apprehensive (adj.) quick-learning, perceptive, ever alert
sense (n.) 1 senses, sensation, organs of sense

All but new things disdain; whose judgements are
judgement (n.) 1 opinion, estimation, assessment

Mere fathers of their garments; whose constancies
mere (adv.) 1 totally, absolutely

Expire before their fashions.’ This he wished.

I, after him, do after him wish too,

Since I nor wax nor honey can bring home,

I quickly were dissolved from my hive
dissolve (v.) 1 loosen, release, set free

To give some labourers room.


SECOND LORD

                         You're loved, sir;

They that least lend it you shall lack you first.


KING

I fill a place, I know't. How long is't, Count,
place (n.) 1 position, post, office, rank See Topics: Frequency count

Since the physician at your father's died?

He was much famed.


BERTRAM

                         Some six months since, my lord.


KING

If he were living I would try him yet.
try (v.) 2 put to the test, test the goodness [of]

Lend me an arm. – The rest have worn me out

With several applications; nature and sickness
application (n.) 1 treatment, remedy, healing method
several (adj.) 2 various, sundry, respective, individual

Debate it at their leisure. Welcome, Count,
debate (v.) 1 discuss, argue over, dispute about

My son's no dearer.


BERTRAM

                         Thank your majesty.

Exeunt. Flourish

 
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