All's Well That Ends Well

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Flourish. Enter the Duke of Florence, the two Flourish. Enter the Duke of Florence, and the two AW III.i.1.1
Frenchmen with a troope of Souldiers.French Lords, with a troop of soldiers. AW III.i.1.2
So that from point to point, now haue you heardSo that from point to point now have you heard AW III.i.1
The fundamentall reasons of this warre,The fundamental reasons of this war,reason (n.)
account, version, explanation
AW III.i.2
Whose great decision hath much blood let forthWhose great decision hath much blood let forth, AW III.i.3
And more thirsts after.And more thirsts after. AW III.i.4.1
Holy seemes the quarrellHoly seems the quarrel AW III.i.4.2
Vpon your Graces part: blacke and fearefullUpon your grace's part, black and fearful AW III.i.5
On the opposer.On the opposer. AW III.i.6
Therefore we meruaile much our Cosin FranceTherefore we marvel much our cousin France AW III.i.7
Would in so iust a businesse, shut his bosomeWould in so just a business shut his bosombosom (n.)

old form: bosome
heart, inner person
AW III.i.8
Against our borrowing prayers.Against our borrowing prayers. AW III.i.9.1
Good my Lord,Good my lord, AW III.i.9.2
The reasons of our state I cannot yeelde,The reasons of our state I cannot yield,reason (n.)
account, version, explanation
AW III.i.10
yield (v.)

old form: yeelde
express an opinion about, comment on
But like a common and an outward man,But like a common and an outward manoutward (adj.)
acting as an external observer, looking from outside
AW III.i.11
That the great figure of a Counsaile frames,That the great figure of a council framesframe (v.)
fashion, make, form, create
AW III.i.12
figure (n.)
portrayal, rendering, presentation
By selfe vnable motion, therefore dare notBy self-unable motion; therefore dare notmotion (n.)
inner movement, inward prompting, natural impulse, imagining
AW III.i.13
self-unable (adj.)

old form: selfe vnable
inadequate personal, poor and subjective
Say what I thinke of it, since I haue foundSay what I think of it, since I have found AW III.i.14
My selfe in my incertaine grounds to faileMyself in my incertain grounds to failincertain (adj.)

old form: incertaine
uncertain, needing guidance, in a doubtful state
AW III.i.15
As often as I guest.As often as I guessed. AW III.i.16.1
Be it his pleasure.Be it his pleasure. AW III.i.16.2
But I am sure the yonger of our nature,But I am sure the younger of our naturenature (n.)
personality, innate disposition, character
AW III.i.17
That surfet on their ease, will day by dayThat surfeit on their ease will day by daysurfeit (v.)

old form: surfet
feed to excess, over-indulge, glut
AW III.i.18
Come heere for Physicke.Come here for physic.physic (n.)

old form: Physicke
medicine, healing, treatment
AW III.i.19.1
Welcome shall they bee:Welcome shall they be, AW III.i.19.2
And all the honors that can flye from vs,And all the honours that can fly from us AW III.i.20
Shall on them settle: you know your places well,Shall on them settle. You know your places well;place (n.)
position, post, office, rank
AW III.i.21
When better fall, for your auailes they fell,When better fall, for your avails they fell.avail (n.)

old form: auailes
advantage, benefit, aid
AW III.i.22
To morrow to'th the field. Tomorrow to the field.field (n.)
field of battle, battleground, field of combat
AW III.i.23
Flourish.Flourish. Exeunt AW III.i.23
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