As You Like It: Act 2, Scene 5
Enter AMIENS, JAQUES, and others.
1Under the greenwood tree
2Who loves to lie with me,
3And turn his merry note
4Unto the sweet bird's throat,
5Come hither, come hither, come hither:
6Here shall he see
8But winter and rough weather.
9More, more, I prithee, more.
10It will make you melancholy, Monsieur
12I thank it. More, I prithee, more. I can suck
13melancholy out of a song, as a weasel sucks
14eggs. More, I prithee, more.
15My voice is ragged: I know I cannot please
17I do not desire you to please me; I do desire
18you to sing. Come, more; another stanzo: call
19you 'em stanzos?
20What you will, Monsieur Jaques.
21Nay, I care not for their names; they
22owe me nothing. Will you sing?
23More at your request than to please
25Well then, if ever I thank any man, I'll thank
26you; but that they call compliment is like the
27encounter of two dog-apes, and when a man
28thanks me heartily, methinks I have given him
29a penny and he renders me the beggarly thanks.
30Come, sing; and you that will not, hold your tongues.
31Well, I'll end the song. Sirs, cover the while; the
32duke will drink under this tree. He hath been all
33this day to look you.
34And I have been all this day to avoid him. He is
35too disputable for my company: I think of as many
36matters as he, but I give heaven thanks and make
37no boast of them. Come, warble, come.
Song. [All together here.]
38Who doth ambition shun
39And loves to live i' the sun,
40Seeking the food he eats
41And pleased with what he gets,
42Come hither, come hither, come hither:
43Here shall he see
45But winter and rough weather.
46I'll give you a verse to this note that I made
47yesterday in despite of my invention.
48And I'll sing it.
49Thus it goes:
50If it do come to pass
51That any man turn ass,
52Leaving his wealth and ease,
53A stubborn will to please,
54Ducdame, ducdame, ducdame!
55Here shall he see
56Gross fools as he,
57An if he will come to me.
58What's that 'ducdame'?
59'Tis a Greek invocation, to call fools into a
60circle. I'll go sleep, if I can; if I cannot, I'll
61rail against all the first-born of Egypt.
62And I'll go seek the duke: his banquet is