ACT V SCENE III

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As You Like It

ACT V  SCENE IIIThe forest.
[Enter TOUCHSTONE and AUDREY]
TOUCHSTONETo-morrow is the joyful day, Audrey; to-morrow will
we be married.
AUDREYI 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 comes two of the banished duke’s pages.
[Enter two Pages]
First PageWell met, honest gentleman.
TOUCHSTONEBy my troth, well met. Come, sit, sit, and a song.
Second PageWe are for you: sit i’ the middle.
First PageShall we clap into’t roundly, without hawking or
spitting or saying we are hoarse, which are the only10
prologues to a bad voice?
Second PageI’faith, i’faith; and both in a tune, like two
gipsies 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 the 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,20
With a hey, and a ho, and a hey nonino
These pretty country folks would lie,
In spring time, &c.
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, &c.
And therefore take the present time,
With a hey, and a ho, and a hey nonino;
For love is crowned with the prime30
In spring time, &c.
TOUCHSTONETruly, young gentlemen, though there was no great
matter in the ditty, yet the note was very
untuneable.
First PageYou are deceived, sir: we kept time, we lost not our time.
TOUCHSTONEBy 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]

Next: As You Like It, Act 5, Scene 4
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Explanatory notes for Act 5, Scene 3
From As You Like It. Ed. Samuel Thurber, Jr. and Louise Wetherbee. Boston: Allyn and Bacon, 1922.
(Line numbers have been altered.)
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An interlude which contains one of the most musical and best known of Shakespeare’s songs. Of course it is necessary for the requirements of the play.

Line 4. dishonest: immodest. woman of the world: a married woman.

9. As they throw themselves down Audrey, with much giggling, sits with Touchstone in the middle.

10. clap into ‘t roundly: begin at once. The rest of the speech is a sharp hit at absurd apologies often heard.

12. the only prologues: only the prologues.

13. a tune: one tune, as also in a horse in the following line.

18. ring time: marriage time.

21. acres: fields.

34. matter: thought. Are we reminded of another critic in an earlier scene?

38. God buy you: God be with you, like our Good-bye.

QUESTIONS

1. Describe Audrey’s action in this scene.

2. Which is the better critic, Touchstone or Jaques?

3. Purpose of the scene