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ACT II - SCENE V. The Forest.
Enter AMIENS, JAQUES, and others

AMIENS
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 No enemy
7    But winter and rough weather.
JAQUES
8    More, more, I prithee, more.
AMIENS
9    It will make you melancholy, Monsieur Jaques.
JAQUES
10   I thank it. More, I prithee, more. I can suck
11   melancholy out of a song, as a weasel sucks eggs.
12   More, I prithee, more.
AMIENS
13   My voice is ragged: I know I cannot please you.
JAQUES
14   I do not desire you to please me; I do desire you to
15   sing. Come, more; another stanzo: call you 'em stanzos?
AMIENS
16   What you will, Monsieur Jaques.
JAQUES
17   Nay, I care not for their names; they owe me
18   nothing. Will you sing?
AMIENS
19   More at your request than to please myself.
JAQUES
20   Well then, if ever I thank any man, I'll thank you;
21   but that they call compliment is like the encounter
22   of two dog-apes, and when a man thanks me heartily,
23   methinks I have given him a penny and he renders me
24   the beggarly thanks. Come, sing; and you that will
25   not, hold your tongues.
AMIENS
26   Well, I'll end the song. Sirs, cover the while; the
27   duke will drink under this tree. He hath been all
28   this day to look you.
JAQUES
29   And I have been all this day to avoid him. He is
30   too disputable for my company: I think of as many
31   matters as he, but I give heaven thanks and make no
32   boast of them. Come, warble, come.
33   Who doth ambition shun
All together here
34   And loves to live i' the sun,
35   Seeking the food he eats
36   And pleased with what he gets,
37   Come hither, come hither, come hither:
38   Here shall he see No enemy
39   But winter and rough weather.
JAQUES
40   I'll give you a verse to this note that I made
41   yesterday in despite of my invention.
AMIENS
42   And I'll sing it.
JAQUES
43   Thus it goes:--
44   If it do come to pass
45   That any man turn ass,
46   Leaving his wealth and ease,
47   A stubborn will to please,
48   Ducdame, ducdame, ducdame:
49   Here shall he see
50   Gross fools as he,
51   An if he will come to me.
AMIENS
52   What's that 'ducdame'?
JAQUES
53   'Tis a Greek invocation, to call fools into a
54   circle. I'll go sleep, if I can; if I cannot, I'll
55   rail against all the first-born of Egypt.
AMIENS
56   And I'll go seek the duke: his banquet is prepared.
Exeunt severally

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Scene Index
ACT I
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II
  • SCENE III


  • ACT II
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II
  • SCENE III
  • SCENE IV
  • SCENE V
  • SCENE VI
  • SCENE VII


  • ACT III
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II
  • SCENE III
  • SCENE IV
  • SCENE V


  • ACT IV
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II
  • SCENE III


  • ACT V
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II
  • SCENE III
  • SCENE IV
  • EPILOGUE

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