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William Shakespeare (1564–1616).  The Oxford Shakespeare.  1914.
 
As You Like It
 
Act V. Scene III.
 
Another Part of the Forest.
 
Enter TOUCHSTONE and AUDREY.
  Touch.  To-morrow is the joyful day, Audrey; to-morrow will we be married.
  Aud.  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.
 
Enter two Pages.
        5
  First Page.  Well met, honest gentleman.
  Touch.  By my troth, well met. Come, sit, sit, and a song.
  Sec. Page.  We are for you: sit i’ the middle.
  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?
  Sec. Page.  I’ faith, i’ faith; and both in a tune, like two gipsies on a horse.        10
 
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,
  With a hey, and a ho, and a hey nonino,
These pretty country folks would lie,
  In the 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 the 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 prime
  In the spring time, &c.
 
  Touch.  Truly, young gentlemen, though there was no great matter in the ditty, yet the note was very untuneable.
  First Page.  You are deceived, sir: we kept time; we lost not our time.
  Touch.  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.  [Exeunt.
 
 
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