All's Well That Ends Well

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Enter Bertram, and the Maide called Diana.Enter Bertram and Diana AW IV.ii.1
They told me that your name was Fontybell.They told me that your name was Fontybell. AW IV.ii.1
No my good Lord, Diana.No, my good lord, Diana. AW IV.ii.2.1
Titled Goddesse,Titled goddess, AW IV.ii.2.2
And worth it with addition: but faire soule,And worth it, with addition! But, fair soul,addition (n.)
attribute, mark of honour, distinction [as if added to a coat--of-arms]
AW IV.ii.3
In your fine frame hath loue no qualitie?In your fine frame hath love no quality? AW IV.ii.4
If the quicke fire of youth light not your minde,If the quick fire of youth light not your mindquick (adj.)

old form: quicke
lively, animated, vivacious
AW IV.ii.5
You are no Maiden but a monumentYou are no maiden but a monument.monument (n.)
effigy, carved figure, statue
AW IV.ii.6
When you are dead you should be such a oneWhen you are dead you should be such a one AW IV.ii.7
As you are now: for you are cold and sterne,As you are now; for you are cold and stern, AW IV.ii.8
And now you should be as your mother wasAnd now you should be as your mother was AW IV.ii.9
When your sweet selfe was got.When your sweet self was got. AW IV.ii.10
She then was honest.She then was honest.honest (adj.)
chaste, pure, virtuous
AW IV.ii.11.1
So should you be.So should you be. AW IV.ii.11.2
No:No. AW IV.ii.11.3
My mother did but dutie, such (my Lord)My mother did but duty, such, my lord, AW IV.ii.12
As you owe to your wife.As you owe to your wife. AW IV.ii.13.1
No more a'that:No more o'that! AW IV.ii.13.2
I prethee do not striue against my vowes:I prithee do not strive against my vows. AW IV.ii.14
I was compell'd to her, but I loue theeI was compelled to her, but I love thee AW IV.ii.15
By loues owne sweet constraint, and will for euerBy love's own sweet constraint, and will for ever AW IV.ii.16
Do thee all rights of seruice.Do thee all rights of service. AW IV.ii.17.1
I so you serue vsAy, so you serve us AW IV.ii.17.2
Till we serue you: But when you haue our Roses,Till we serve you; but when you have our roses, AW IV.ii.18
You barely leaue our thornes to pricke our selues,You barely leave our thorns to prick ourselves,barely (adv.)
in bareness, exposed, without covering
AW IV.ii.19
And mocke vs with our barenesse.And mock us with our bareness. AW IV.ii.20.1
How haue I sworne.How have I sworn! AW IV.ii.20.2
Tis not the many oathes that makes the truth,'Tis not the many oaths that makes the truth, AW IV.ii.21
But the plaine single vow, that is vow'd true:But the plain single vow that is vowed true. AW IV.ii.22
What is not holie, that we sweare not by,What is not holy, that we swear not by, AW IV.ii.23
But take the high'st to witnesse: then pray you tell me,But take the highest to witness. Then, pray you, tell me: AW IV.ii.24
If I should sweare by Ioues great attributes,If I should swear by Love's great attributes AW IV.ii.25
I lou'd you deerely, would you beleeue my oathes,I loved you dearly, would you believe my oaths AW IV.ii.26
When I did loue you ill? This ha's no holdingWhen I did love you ill? This has no holding,ill (adv.)
imperfectly, poorly, to ill effect
AW IV.ii.27
holding (n.)
logic, maintaining, consistency
To sweare by him whom I protest to loueTo swear by him whom I protest to love AW IV.ii.28
That I will worke against him. Therefore your oathesThat I will work against him. Therefore your oaths AW IV.ii.29
Are words and poore conditions, but vnseal'dAre words, and poor conditions but unsealedunsealed (adj.)

old form: vnseal'd
lacking formal confirmation, without legal ratification
AW IV.ii.30
condition (n.)
contract, covenant, agreement
At lest in my opinion.At least in my opinion. AW IV.ii.31.1
Change it, change it:Change it, change it. AW IV.ii.31.2
Be not so holy cruell: Loue is holie,Be not so holy-cruel. Love is holy,holy-cruel (adj.)

old form: holy cruell
cruel by being holy
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And my integritie ne're knew the craftsAnd my integrity ne'er knew the crafts AW IV.ii.33
That you do charge men with: Stand no more off,That you do charge men with. Stand no more off, AW IV.ii.34
But giue thy selfe vnto my sicke desires,But give thyself unto my sick desires,sick (adj.)

old form: sicke
ailing, needing cure
AW IV.ii.35
Who then recouers. Say thou art mine, and euerWho then recovers. Say thou art mine, and ever AW IV.ii.36
My loue as it beginnes, shall so perseuer.My love as it begins shall so persever.persever (v.)

old form: perseuer
proceed, carry on
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I see that men make rope's in such a scarre,I see that men make vows in such a flamescarre (n.)
[unclear reading] scare, alarm
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That wee'l forsake our selues. Giue me that Ring.That we'll forsake ourselves. Give me that ring. AW IV.ii.39
Ile lend it thee my deere; but haue no powerI'll lend it thee, my dear, but have no power AW IV.ii.40
To giue it from me.To give it from me. AW IV.ii.41.1
Will you not my Lord?Will you not, my lord? AW IV.ii.41.2
It is an honour longing to our house,It is an honour 'longing to our house,honour (n.)
object of honour, source of distinction
AW IV.ii.42
long (v.)
belong, pertain, relate
Bequeathed downe from manie Ancestors,Bequeathed down from many ancestors, AW IV.ii.43
Which were the greatest obloquie i'th world,Which were the greatest obloquy i'th' worldobloquy (n.)

old form: obloquie
disgrace, reproach, slander
AW IV.ii.44
In me to loose.In me to lose. AW IV.ii.45.1
Mine Honors such a Ring,Mine honour's such a ring;honour (n.)

old form: Honors
credit, good name, reputation
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My chastities the Iewell of our house,My chastity's the jewel of our house, AW IV.ii.46
Bequeathed downe from many Ancestors,Bequeathed down from many ancestors, AW IV.ii.47
Which were the greatest obloquie i'th world,Which were the greatest obloquy i'th' world AW IV.ii.48
In mee to loose. Thus your owne proper wisedomeIn me to lose. Thus your own proper wisdomproper (adj.)
personal, private, individual
AW IV.ii.49
Brings in the Champion honor on my part,Brings in the champion Honour on my part AW IV.ii.50
Against your vaine assault.Against your vain assault. AW IV.ii.51.1
Heere, take my Ring,Here, take my ring. AW IV.ii.51.2
My house, mine honor, yea my life be thine,My house, mine honour, yea, my life be thine, AW IV.ii.52
And Ile be bid by thee.And I'll be bid by thee. AW IV.ii.53
When midnight comes, knocke at my chamber window:When midnight comes, knock at my chamber window; AW IV.ii.54
Ile order take, my mother shall not heare.I'll order take my mother shall not hear. AW IV.ii.55
Now will I charge you in the band of truth,Now will I charge you in the band of truth,band (n.)
bond, obligation, tie
AW IV.ii.56
When you haue conquer'd my yet maiden-bed,When you have conquered my yet maiden bed, AW IV.ii.57
Remaine there but an houre, nor speake to mee:Remain there but an hour, nor speak to me. AW IV.ii.58
My reasons are most strong, and you shall know them,My reasons are most strong and you shall know them AW IV.ii.59
When backe againe this Ring shall be deliuer'd:When back again this ring shall be delivered. AW IV.ii.60
And on your finger in the night, Ile putAnd on your finger in the night I'll put AW IV.ii.61
Another Ring, that what in time proceeds,Another ring, that what in time proceedstime (n.)
circumstance, particular occasion
AW IV.ii.62
May token to the future, our past deeds.May token to the future our past deeds.token (v.)
betoken, represent, be a sign of
AW IV.ii.63
Adieu till then, then faile not: you haue wonneAdieu till then; then, fail not. You have won AW IV.ii.64
A wife of me, though there my hope be done.A wife of me, though there my hope be done. AW IV.ii.65
A heauen on earth I haue won by wooing thee.A heaven on earth I have won by wooing thee. AW IV.ii.66
Exit AW IV.ii.66
For which, liue long to thank both heauen & me,For which live long to thank both heaven and me! AW IV.ii.67
You may so in the end.You may so in the end. AW IV.ii.68
My mother told me iust how he would woo,My mother told me just how he would woojust (adv.)

old form: iust
exactly, precisely
AW IV.ii.69
As if she sate in's heart. She sayes, all menAs if she sat in's heart. She says all men AW IV.ii.70
Haue the like oathes: He had sworne to marrie meHave the like oaths. He had sworn to marry melike (adj.)
same, similar, alike, equal
AW IV.ii.71
When his wife's dead: therfore Ile lye with himWhen his wife's dead; therefore I'll lie with him AW IV.ii.72
When I am buried. Since Frenchmen are so braide,When I am buried. Since Frenchmen are so braid,braid (adj.)

old form: braide
[unclear meaning] twisted, deceitful
AW IV.ii.73
Marry that will, I liue and die a Maid:Marry that will, I live and die a maid. AW IV.ii.74
Onely in this disguise, I think't no sinne,Only, in this disguise, I think't no sindisguise (n.)
deception, pretence
AW IV.ii.75
To cosen him that would vniustly winne. To cozen him that would unjustly win.cozen (v.)

old form: cosen
cheat, dupe, trick, deceive
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ExitExit AW IV.ii.76
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