The Forest
Enter, Amiens, Jaques, & others.

Song. {sung by Amiens as others in attendence lend focus}
Vnder the greene wood tree,
who loues to lye with mee,
And turne his merrie Note,
vnto the sweet Birds throte:
Come hither, come hither, come hither:
Heere shall he see no enemie,
But Winter and rough Weather.

More, more, I prithee, more.

It will make you melancholly, Monsieur 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.

My voice is ragged: I know I cannot please you.

I do not desire you to please me; I do desire you to
sing. Come, more; another stanzo: call you 'em stanzos?

What you will, Monsieur Jaques.

Nay, I care not for their names; they owe me nothing.
Will you sing?

More at your request than to please myself.

Well then, if ever I thank any man, I'll thank you;
but that they call compliment is like the encounter
of two dog-apes, and when a man thanks me heartily,
methinks I have given him a penny and he renders me
the beggarly thanks. Come, sing; and you that will
not, hold your tongues.

Well, I'll end the song. Sirs, cover the while; the
duke will drink under this tree. He hath been all
this day to look you.

And I have been all this day to avoid him. He is
too disputable for my company: I think of as many
matters as he, but I give heaven thanks and make no
boast of them. Come, warble, come.

Who doth ambition shun
All together here
And loves to live i' the sun,
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.

I'll give you a verse to this note that I made
yesterday in despite of my invention.

And I'll sing it.

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:
Here shall he see
Gross fools as he,
An if he will come to me.

What's that 'ducdame'?

'Tis a Greek invocation, to call fools into a
circle. I'll go sleep, if I can; if I cannot, I'll
rail against all the first-born of Egypt.

And I'll go seek the duke: his banquet is prepared.

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