As You Like It

by: William Shakespeare

Act 5 Scene 3

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Enter TOUCHSTONE and AUDREY.
TOUCHSTONE and AUDREY enter.

TOUCHSTONE

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

TOUCHSTONE

Tomorrow is the happy day, Audrey. We’ll be married tomorrow.

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 world.

AUDREY

I can’t wait. I hope it doesn’t make me unchaste that I really want to be a married woman.
Enter two PAGES
Two PAGES enter.
5Here comes two of the banished duke’s pages.
Here come two of Duke Senior’s pages.

FIRST PAGE

Well met, honest gentleman.

FIRST PAGE

Good afternoon, good gentleman.

TOUCHSTONE

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

TOUCHSTONE

It really is good to see you. Come, sit, sit, and sing me a song.

SECOND PAGE

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

SECOND PAGE

Sounds good to us. Sit between us.

FIRST 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?

FIRST PAGE

Should we just get down to it? Should we skip all that hacking and spitting and saying that we’re hoarse, which only makes clear what lousy singers we are?

SECOND PAGE

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

SECOND PAGE

Yes, yes, and let’s sing in unison, like two gypsies riding on a single horse.

PAGES

(sing)
15 It was a lover and his lass,
With a hey, and a ho, and a hey-nonny-no,
That o'er the green cornfield did pass
In springtime, the only pretty ring time,
When birds do sing, Hey ding a ding, ding.
20 Sweet lovers love the spring.
Between the acres of the rye,

PAGES

(singing)
There was a lover and his girl,
With a hey, and a ho, and a hey-nonny-no,
Who walked through the cornfield
In the springtime, the only proper wedding time,
The time when birds sing, Hey ding-a-ding-ding.
Sweet lovers love the spring.
Between the acres of rye,