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    Act 5, Scene I

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    SCENE I. Marseilles. A street.

    Enter HELENA, Widow, and DIANA, with two Attendants
    HELENA
    But 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 requital
    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.

    Gentleman
    And you.

    HELENA
    Sir, I have seen you in the court of France.

    Gentleman
    I have been sometimes there.

    HELENA
    I 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 to
    The use of your own virtues, for the which
    I shall continue thankful.

    Gentleman
    What's your will?

    HELENA
    That it will please you
    To give this poor petition to the king,
    And aid me with that store of power you have
    To come into his presence.

    Gentleman
    The king's not here.

    HELENA
    Not here, sir!

    Gentleman
    Not, indeed:
    He hence removed last night and with more haste
    Than is his use.

    Widow
    Lord, how we lose our pains!

    HELENA
    ALL'S WELL THAT ENDS WELL yet,
    Though time seem so adverse and means unfit.
    I do beseech you, whither is he gone?

    Gentleman
    Marry, as I take it, to Rousillon;
    Whither I am going.

    HELENA
    I do beseech you, sir,
    Since you are like to see the king before me,
    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.

    Gentleman
    This I'll do for you.

    HELENA
    And 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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