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As You Like It: Act II, Scene 5

As You Like It
Act II, Scene 5

Another part of the Forest of Arden.

  1. Enter Amiens, Jaques, and others.
  1. Song.

Amiens

1 - 8
  1. Under the greenwood tree
  2. Who loves to lie with me,
  3. And turn his merry note
  4. Unto the sweet bird’s throat,
  5. Come hither, come hither, come hither!
  6. Here shall he see
  7. No enemy
  8. But winter and rough weather.

Jaques

9
  1. More, more, I prithee more.

Amiens

10
  1. It will make you melancholy, Monsieur Jaques.

Jaques

11 - 12
  1. I thank it. More, I prithee more. I can suck melancholy out
  2. of a song, as a weasel sucks eggs. More, I prithee more.

Amiens

13
  1. My voice is ragged, I know I cannot please you.

Jaques

14 - 15
  1. I do not desire you to please me, I do desire you to sing.
  2. Come, more, another stanzo. Call you ’em stanzos?

Amiens

16
  1. What you will, Monsieur Jaques.

Jaques

17 - 18
  1. Nay, I care not for their names, they owe me nothing. Will
  2. you sing?

Amiens

19
  1. More at your request than to please myself.

Jaques

20 - 24
  1. Well then, if ever I thank any man, I’ll thank you; but that
  2. they call compliment is like th’ encounter of two dog-apes;
  3. and when a man thanks me heartily, methinks I have given him
  4. a penny, and he renders me the beggarly thanks. Come, sing;
  5. and you that will not, hold your tongues.

Amiens

25 - 27
  1. Well, I’ll end the song. Sirs, cover the while; the Duke
  2. will drink under this tree. He hath been all this day to
  3. look you.

Jaques

28 - 31
  1. And I have been all this day to avoid him. He is too
  2. disputable for my company. I think of as many matters as he,
  3. but I give heaven thanks, and make no boast of them. Come,
  4. warble, come.

Amiens

32 - 39
  1. Song. All together here.
  2. Who doth ambition shun,
  3. And loves to live i’ th’ sun,
  4. Seeking the food he eats,
  5. And pleas’d with what he gets,
  6. Come hither, come hither, come hither!
  7. Here shall he see
  8. No enemy
  9. But winter and rough weather.

Jaques

40 - 41
  1. I’ll give you a verse to this note, that I made yesterday in
  2. despite of my invention.

Amiens

42
  1. And I’ll sing it.

Jaques

43 - 51
  1. Thus it goes:
  2. If it do come to pass
  3. That any man turn ass,
  4. Leaving his wealth and ease
  5. A stubborn will to please,
  6. Ducdame, ducdame, ducdame!
  7. Here shall he see
  8. Gross fools as he,
  9. And if he will come to me.

Amiens

52
  1. What’s that ducdame”?

Jaques

53 - 55
  1. ’Tis a Greek invocation, to call fools into a circle. I’ll
  2. go sleep, if I can; if I cannot, I’ll rail against all the
  3. first-born of Egypt.

Amiens

56
  1. And I’ll go seek the Duke, his banquet is prepar’d.
  1. Exeunt.
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