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As You Like It: Act 2, Scene 5

As You Like It
Act 2, Scene 5

Another part of the Forest of Arden.

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

Amiens

3 - 10
  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

11
  1. More, more, I prithee more.

Amiens

12
  1. It will make you melancholy, Monsieur Jaques.

Jaques

13 - 14
  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

15
  1. My voice is ragged, I know I cannot please you.

Jaques

16 - 17
  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

18
  1. What you will, Monsieur Jaques.

Jaques

19 - 20
  1. Nay, I care not for their names, they owe me nothing. Will
  2. you sing?

Amiens

21
  1. More at your request than to please myself.

Jaques

22 - 26
  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

27 - 29
  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

30 - 33
  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

34 - 42
  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

43 - 44
  1. I’ll give you a verse to this note, that I made yesterday in
  2. despite of my invention.

Amiens

45
  1. And I’ll sing it.

Jaques

46 - 54
  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

55
  1. What’s that ducdame”?

Jaques

56 - 58
  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

59
  1. And I’ll go seek the Duke, his banquet is prepar’d.
  1. Exeunt.
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