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Scene 3

Another part of the Forest of Arden.

(Touchstone; Audrey; First Page; Second Page)

Touchstone has arranged to be married to Audrey the next day. He and two pages sing a pretty lyric. (28 lines)

Enter Clown (Touchstone) and Audrey.

TOUCH.

Tomorrow is the joyful day, Audrey, tomorrow will we be married.

AUD.

I do desire it with all my heart; and I hope it is no dishonest desire to desire to be a woman of the world. Here come two of the banish’d Duke’s pages.

Enter two Pages.

1. PAGE.

Well met, honest gentleman.

TOUCH.

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

2. PAGE.

We are for you, sit i’ th’ middle.

1. PAGE.

Shall we clap into’t roundly, without hawking or spitting or saying we are hoarse, which are the only prologues to a bad voice?

2. PAGE.

I’ faith, i’ faith, and both in a tune, like two gypsies on a horse.

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 spring time, the only pretty ring time,

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, etc.

This carol they began that hour,

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

How that a life was but a flower,

In spring time, etc.

And therefore take the present time,

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

For love is crowned with the prime,

In spring time, etc.

TOUCH.

Truly, young gentlemen, though there was no great matter in the ditty, yet the note was very untuneable.

1. PAGE.

You are deceiv’d, sir, we kept time, we lost not our time.

TOUCH.

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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