As You Like It
|ACT IV SCENE II||The forest.|
|[Enter JAQUES, Lords, and Foresters]|
|JAQUES||Which is he that killed the deer?|
|A Lord||Sir, it was I.|
|JAQUES||Let’s present him to the duke, like a Roman|
|conqueror; and it would do well to set the deer’s|
|horns upon his head, for a branch of victory. Have||5|
|you no song, forester, for this purpose?|
|JAQUES||Sing it: ’tis no matter how it be in tune, so it|
|make noise enough.|
|Forester||What shall he have that kill’d the deer?||10|
|His leather skin and horns to wear.|
|Then sing him home;|
|[The rest shall bear this burden]|
|Take thou no scorn to wear the horn;|
|It was a crest ere thou wast born:|
|Thy father’s father wore it,||15|
|And thy father bore it:|
|The horn, the horn, the lusty horn|
|Is not a thing to laugh to scorn.|
Next: As You Like It, Act 4, Scene 3
Explanatory notes for Act 4, Scene 2
From As You Like It. Ed. Samuel Thurber, Jr. and Louise Wetherbee. Boston: Allyn and Bacon, 1922.
(Line numbers have been altered.)
The scene is an opportunity for a song made by the two hours of Orlando’s absence.
Line 3. like … conqueror: A conquering general in Rome returned in triumph with branches of laurel typifying victory. Thus we have the suggestion of the antlers.
13. Take … scorn: do not be ashamed.
1. What makes the charm of this scene?
2. Would you have them bring on a deer? Why?
3. Why did Shakespeare put the scene here?