ACT 5, SCENE 3: The forest.


TOUCHSTONE: To-morrow is the joyful day, Audrey;
to-morrow will we be married.

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. Here come two of the banished duke's pages.                       [5]

[Enter two Pages.]

First Page: Well met, honest gentleman.

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

Second Page: We are for you: sit i' the middle.

First Page: Shall we clap into't roundly, without                                            [10]
hawking or spitting or saying we are hoarse, which
are the only prologues to a bad voice?

Second Page: I'faith, i'faith; and both in a tune,
like two gipsies on a horse.


It was a lover and his lass,                                                                        [15]
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.                                                                  [20]

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, &c.

This carol they began that hour,                                                             [25]
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;                                          [30]
For love is crowned with the prime
In spring time, &c.

TOUCHSTONE: Truly, young gentlemen, though
there was no great matter in the ditty, yet the note
was very untuneable.                                                                                [35]

First Page: You are deceived, sir: we kept time, we
lost not our time.

TOUCHSTONE: By my troth, yes; I count it but time
lost to hear such a foolish song. God be wi' you; and
God mend your voices! Come, Audrey.                                              [40]


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