As You Like It


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Act I
Act II
Act III
Act IV
Act V
Enter Touchstone and Audrey


TOUCHSTONE

Tomorrow is the joyful day, Audrey.

Tomorrow will we be married.


AUDREY

I do desire it with all my heart; and I hope it

is no dishonest desire to desire to be a woman of the
dishonest (adj.) 3 indecent, unchaste, immodest, lewd

world? Here come two of the banished Duke's pages.

Enter two Pages


FIRST PAGE

Well met, honest gentleman.


TOUCHSTONE

By my troth, well met. Come, sit, sit, and

a song.


SECOND PAGE

We are for you. Sit i'th' middle.


FIRST PAGE

Shall we clap into't roundly, without hawking,
clap into (v.) 1 strike up with, enter briskly into
hawk (v.) 2 clear the throat noisily
roundly (adv.) 3 smartly, briskly, directly

or spitting, or saying we are hoarse, which are the

only prologues to a bad voice?
only (adj.) 3 habitual, typical; or: mere


SECOND PAGE

I'faith, i'faith; and both in a tune, like
tune, in a in unison, in harmony

two gipsies on a horse.


PAGES

SONG

It was a lover and his lass,

With a hey, and a ho, and a hey nonino,

That o'er the green corn field did pass,

In the spring time, the only pretty ring time,
ring time time for exchanging rings

When birds do sing, hey ding a ding, ding,

Sweet lovers love the spring.

Between the acres of the rye,

With a hey, and a ho, and a hey nonino,

These pretty country folks would lie,

In spring time, the only pretty ring time,

When birds do sing, hey ding a ding, ding,

Sweet lovers love the spring.

This carol they began that hour,
carol (n.) 1 festival song, dancing song

With a hey, and a ho, and a hey nonino,

How that a life was but a flower,

In spring time, the only pretty ring time,

When birds do sing, hey ding a ding, ding,

Sweet lovers love the spring.

And therefore take the present time,

With a hey, and a ho, and a hey nonino,

For love is crowned with the prime,
prime (n.) 3 perfection, fullness

In spring time, the only pretty ring time,

When birds do sing, hey ding a ding, ding,

Sweet lovers love the spring.


TOUCHSTONE

Truly, young gentlemen, though there was

no great matter in the ditty, yet the note was very
ditty (n.) 2 words, lyrics
matter (n.) 1 subject-matter, content, substance
note (n.) 11 melody, tune, music, song

untuneable.
untuneable (adj.) unsuitable, disagreeable; or: unmelodious


FIRST PAGE

You are deceived, sir; we kept time, we lost

not our time.


TOUCHSTONE

By my troth, yes: I count it but time lost to

hear such a foolish song. God buy you, and God mend

your voices! Come, Audrey.

Exeunt

 
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