1 To-morrow is the joyful day, Audrey; to-morrow will 2 we be married.
3 I do desire it with all my heart; and I hope it is 4 no dishonest desire to desire to be a woman of the 5 world. Here comes two of the banished duke's pages.
Enter two Pages
6 Well met, honest gentleman.
7 By my troth, well met. Come, sit, sit, and a song.
8 We are for you: sit i' the middle.
9 Shall we clap into't roundly, without hawking or 10 spitting or saying we are hoarse, which are the only 11 prologues to a bad voice?
12 I'faith, i'faith; and both in a tune, like two 13 gipsies on a horse. 14 It was a lover and his lass, 15 With a hey, and a ho, and a hey nonino, 16 That o'er the green corn-field did pass 17 In the spring time, the only pretty ring time, 18 When birds do sing, hey ding a ding, ding: 19 Sweet lovers love the spring. 20 Between the acres of the rye, 21 With a hey, and a ho, and a hey nonino 22 These pretty country folks would lie, 23 In spring time, &c. 24 This carol they began that hour, 25 With a hey, and a ho, and a hey nonino, 26 How that a life was but a flower 27 In spring time, &c. 28 And therefore take the present time, 29 With a hey, and a ho, and a hey nonino; 30 For love is crowned with the prime 31 In spring time, &c.
32 Truly, young gentlemen, though there was no great 33 matter in the ditty, yet the note was very 34 untuneable.
35 You are deceived, sir: we kept time, we lost not our time.
36 By my troth, yes; I count it but time lost to hear 37 such a foolish song. God be wi' you; and God mend 38 your voices! Come, Audrey.