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King of France.
Duke of Florence.
Bertram, Count of Rousillon.
Lafeu, an old Lord.
Parolles, a follower of Bertram.
Several young French Lords, that serve with Bertram in the Florentine war.
servants to the Countess of Rousillon.
Countess of Rousillon, mother to Bertram.
Helena, a gentlewoman protected by the Countess. Anold Widow of Florence.
Diana, daughter to the widow.
neighbours and friends to the widow.
Lords, attending on the King; Officers, Soldiers, &c. French and Florentine.
Scene, partly in France, and partly in Tuscany.
SCENE 1. Rousillon. A room in the Countess's Palace.
Enter Bertram, the Countess of Rousillon, Helena, and Lafeu, in mourning.
IN delivering my son from me, I bury a second
o'er my fa
Ber. And I, in going, madam, weep ther's death anew: but I must attend his majesty's command, to whom I am now in ward*, evermore in subjection.
Laf. You shall find of the king a husband, madam;-you, sir, a father: He that so generally is at all times good, must of necessity hold his virtue to you; whose worthiness would stir it up where it
Under his particular care, as my guardian.