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All's Well That Ends Well

All's Well That Ends Well Translation Act 3, Scene 1

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Flourish. Enter the DUKE of Florence attended; the two Frenchmen, with a troop of soldiers.

DUKE

So that from point to point now have you heard The fundamental reasons of this war, Whose great decision hath much blood let forth And more thirsts after.

DUKE

So now you've heard point by point the basic reasons for this war. The weighty decision to go to war has already caused so many deaths and more are still to come. 

FIRST LORD

Holy seems the quarrelUpon your grace's part; black and fearfulOn the opposer.

FIRST LORD

It seems like God is on your side in this fight, your grace. Things are looking pretty dire and frightening for your enemy. 

DUKE

Therefore we marvel much our cousin FranceWould in so just a business shut his bosomAgainst our borrowing prayers.

DUKE

That's why we're astonished that the King of France would refuse to help us when we have such a just cause and pray for support. 

SECOND LORD

Good my lord, The reasons of our state I cannot yield, But like a common and an outward man, That the great figure of a council frames By self-unable motion : therefore dare not Say what I think of it, since I have found Myself in my incertain grounds to fail As often as I guess'd.

SECOND LORD

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DUKE

Be it his pleasure.

DUKE

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FIRST LORD

But I am sure the younger of our nature,That surfeit on their ease, will day by dayCome here for physic.

FIRST LORD

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DUKE

Welcome shall they be; And all the honours that can fly from us Shall on them settle. You know your places well; When better fall, for your avails they fell: To-morrow to the field.

DUKE

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Flourish. Exeunt

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Dan rubins
About the Translator: Dan Rubins

Dan Rubins is currently completing his MA in Shakespeare Studies from King's College London/Shakespeare's Globe and will be pursuing an MA in Elementary Inclusive Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. He holds a BA in English from Yale University. His Masters dissertation focuses on announcements of death in early modern drama, and other research areas of interest include Shakespeare in transformative contexts (prisons, schools, etc.) and rhyme in Shakespeare's dramatic texts. In addition to teaching and learning, he also writes theatre reviews (often of Shakespeare productions), composes musical theatre (frequently with Shakespearean inspirations), and sings in choirs (occasionally in Shakespearean choral settings).