As You Like It


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Act I
Act II
Act III
Act IV
Act V
Enter Amiens, Jaques, and others


AMIENS

(sings)

Under the greenwood tree,

Who loves to lie with me,

And turn his merry note
turn (v.) 3 adapt, alter, modify

Unto the sweet bird's throat:

Come hither, come hither, come hither.

Here shall he see

No enemy

But winter and rough weather.


JAQUES

More, more, I prithee, more.


AMIENS

It will make you melancholy, Monsieur Jaques.


JAQUES

I thank it. More, I prithee, more. I can suck

melancholy out of a song, as a weasel sucks eggs. More,

I prithee, more.


AMIENS

My voice is ragged, I know I cannot please you.
ragged (adj.) 1 rough, harsh


JAQUES

I do not desire you to please me, I do desire you

to sing. Come, more, another stanzo. Call you 'em
stanzo (n.) stanza, verse

‘ stanzos ’?


AMIENS

What you will, Monsieur Jaques.


JAQUES

Nay, I care not for their names; they owe me

nothing. Will you sing?


AMIENS

More at your request than to please myself.


JAQUES

Well then, if ever I thank any man, I'll thank you;

but that they call ‘ compliment ’ is like th' encounter of

two dog-apes, and when a man thanks me heartily,
dog-ape (n.) [dog-faced] baboon

methinks I have given him a penny and he renders me
methinks(t), methought(s) (v.) it seems /seemed to me See Topics: Frequency count

the beggarly thanks. Come, sing; and you that will not,
beggarly (adj.) 2 in the manner of a beggar, effusive

hold your tongues.


AMIENS

Well, I'll end the song. – Sirs, cover the while:
cover (v.) 1 lay the table
while, the meanwhile, in the meantime

the Duke will drink under this tree. – He hath been all

this day to look you.
look (v.) 2 find, seek, look for


JAQUES

And I have been all this day to avoid him. He is

too disputable for my company: I think of as many
disputable (adj.) disputatious, argumentative, ready to argue

matters as he, but I give heaven thanks, and make no

boast of them. Come, warble, come.


ALL TOGETHER

(sing)

Who doth ambition shun,

And loves to live i'th' sun,
sun, in the out in the open, free from care

Seeking the food he eats,

And pleased with what he gets:

Come hither, come hither, come hither.

Here shall he see

No enemy

But winter and rough weather.


JAQUES

I'll give you a verse to this note, that I made
note (n.) 11 melody, tune, music, song

yesterday in despite of my invention.
invention (n.) 1 inventiveness, imagination, creative faculty


AMIENS

And I'll sing it.


JAQUES

Thus it goes:

If it do come to pass

That any man turn ass,

Leaving his wealth and ease,

A stubborn will to please:

Ducdame, ducdame, ducdame.
ducdame [unclear meaning] probably a nonsense word, explained later by Jaques to mean a ‘Greek invocation, to call fools into a circle’

Here shall he see

Gross fools as he,

An if he will come to me.


AMIENS

What's that ‘ ducdame?’


JAQUES

'Tis a Greek invocation, to call fools into a circle.
circle (n.) 2 magical circle

I'll go sleep, if I can; if I cannot, I'll rail against all the
rail (v.) rant, rave, be abusive [about] See Topics: Frequency count

first-born of Egypt.


AMIENS

And I'll go seek the Duke; his banquet is
banquet, banket (n.) 1 refreshments, light meal, dessert

prepared.

Exeunt

 
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