As You Like It

William Shakespeare
No Fear Act 2 Scene 5
No Fear Act 2 Scene 5 Page 3

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AMIENS

And I’ll sing it. (taking paper fromJAQUES) Thus it goes:
45 If it do come to pass
That any man turn ass,
Leaving his wealth and ease
A stubborn will to please,
Ducdame, ducdame, ducdame.
50 Here shall he see
Gross fools as he,
An if he will come to me.

AMIENS

And I’ll sing it. (taking a paper fromJAQUES) It goes like this:
(sings)
If it should come to pass
That any man turns into an ass
And leaves his wealth and ease
Simply to please his stubborn will
Ducdame, ducdame, ducdame.
Here he will see
Fools as stupid as he
If he will only come to me.

AMIENS

What’s that “ducdame”?

AMIENS

JAQUES

'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.

JAQUES

It’s a Greek invocation, calling fools into a circle. I’m going to take a nap, if I can—if I can’t, I’ll curse all the first-born children of Egypt.

AMIENS

And I’ll go seek the duke. His banquet is prepared.

AMIENS

And I’ll go find the duke; his banquet is ready.
Exeunt severally
They all exit in separate directions.