As You Like It

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Enter, Amyens, Iaques, & others.Enter Amiens, Jaques, and others AYL II.v.1
Song. (sings) AYL II.v.1
Vnder the greene wood tree,Under the greenwood tree, AYL II.v.1
who loues to lye with mee,Who loves to lie with me, AYL II.v.2
And tnrne his merrie Note,And turn his merry noteturn (v.)

old form: tnrne
adapt, alter, modify
AYL II.v.3
vnto the sweet Birds throte:Unto the sweet bird's throat: AYL II.v.4
Come hither, come hither, come hither:Come hither, come hither, come hither. AYL II.v.5
Heere shall he see Here shall he see AYL II.v.6
no enemie,No enemy AYL II.v.7
But Winter and rough Weather.But winter and rough weather. AYL II.v.8
More, more, I pre'thee more.More, more, I prithee, more. AYL II.v.9
It will make you melancholly Monsieur IaquesIt will make you melancholy, Monsieur Jaques. AYL II.v.10
I thanke it: More, I prethee more, / I can suckeI thank it. More, I prithee, more. I can suck AYL II.v.11
melancholly out of a song, / As a Weazel suckes egges: More,melancholy out of a song, as a weasel sucks eggs. More, AYL II.v.12
I pre'thee more.I prithee, more. AYL II.v.13
My voice is ragged, I know I cannot please you.My voice is ragged, I know I cannot please you.ragged (adj.)
rough, harsh
AYL II.v.14
I do not desire you to please me, / I do desire youI do not desire you to please me, I do desire you AYL II.v.15
to sing: / Come, more, another stanzo: Cal you'em to sing. Come, more, another stanzo. Call you 'emstanzo (n.)
stanza, verse
AYL II.v.16
stanzo's?‘ stanzos ’? AYL II.v.17
What you wil Monsieur Iaques.What you will, Monsieur Jaques. AYL II.v.18
Nay, I care not for their names, they owe meeNay, I care not for their names; they owe me AYL II.v.19
nothing. Wil you sing?nothing. Will you sing? AYL II.v.20
More at your request, then to please my selfe.More at your request than to please myself. AYL II.v.21
Well then, if euer I thanke any man, Ile thanke you:Well then, if ever I thank any man, I'll thank you; AYL II.v.22
but that they cal complement is like th'encounter ofbut that they call ‘ compliment ’ is like th' encounter of AYL II.v.23
two dog-Apes. And when a man thankes me hartily,two dog-apes, and when a man thanks me heartily,dog-ape (n.)
[dog-faced] baboon
AYL II.v.24
me thinkes I haue giuen him a penie, and he renders memethinks I have given him a penny and he renders memethinks(t), methought(s) (v.)

old form: me thinkes
it seems / seemed to me
AYL II.v.25
the beggerly thankes. Come sing; and you that wil notthe beggarly thanks. Come, sing; and you that will not,beggarly (adj.)

old form: beggerly
in the manner of a beggar, effusive
AYL II.v.26
hold your tongues.hold your tongues. AYL II.v.27
Wel, Ile end the song. Sirs, couer the while,Well, I'll end the song. – Sirs, cover the while:while, the
meanwhile, in the meantime
AYL II.v.28
cover (v.)

old form: couer
lay the table
the Duke wil drinke vnder this tree; he hath bin allthe Duke will drink under this tree. – He hath been all AYL II.v.29
this day to looke you.this day to look you.look (v.)

old form: looke
find, seek, look for
AYL II.v.30
And I haue bin all this day to auoid him: / He isAnd I have been all this day to avoid him. He is AYL II.v.31
too disputeable for my companie: / I thinke of as manytoo disputable for my company: I think of as manydisputable (adj.)

old form: disputeable
disputatious, argumentative, ready to argue
AYL II.v.32
matters as he, but I giue / Heauen thankes, and make nomatters as he, but I give heaven thanks, and make no AYL II.v.33
boast of them. Come, warble, come.boast of them. Come, warble, come. AYL II.v.34
Altogether heere.ALL TOGETHER  
Song. (sing) AYL II.v.35
Who doth ambition shunne,Who doth ambition shun, AYL II.v.35
and loues to liue i'th Sunne:And loves to live i'th' sun,sun, in the

old form: Sunne
out in the open, free from care
AYL II.v.36
Seeking the food he eates,Seeking the food he eats, AYL II.v.37
and pleas'd with what he gets:And pleased with what he gets: AYL II.v.38
Come hither, come hither, come hither,Come hither, come hither, come hither. AYL II.v.39
Heere shall he see.&c.Here shall he see AYL II.v.40
No enemy AYL II.v.41
But winter and rough weather. AYL II.v.42
Ile giue you a verse to this note, / That I madeI'll give you a verse to this note, that I madenote (n.)
melody, tune, music, song
AYL II.v.43
yesterday in despight of my Inuention.yesterday in despite of my invention.invention (n.)

old form: Inuention
inventiveness, imagination, creative faculty
AYL II.v.44
And Ile sing it.And I'll sing it. AYL II.v.45
Thus it goes.Thus it goes: AYL II.v.46
If it do come to passe, If it do come to pass AYL II.v.47
that any man turne Asse:That any man turn ass, AYL II.v.48
Leauing his wealth and ease,Leaving his wealth and ease, AYL II.v.49
A stubborne will to please,A stubborn will to please: AYL II.v.50
Ducdame, ducdame, ducdame:Ducdame, ducdame, ducdame.ducdame
[unclear meaning] probably a nonsense word, explained later by Jaques to mean a ‘Greek invocation, to call fools into a circle’
AYL II.v.51
Heere shall he see, Here shall he see AYL II.v.52
grosse fooles as he,Gross fools as he, AYL II.v.53
And if he will come to me.An if he will come to if (conj.)
AYL II.v.54
What's that Ducdame?What's that ‘ ducdame?’ AYL II.v.55
'Tis a Greeke inuocation, to call fools into a circle.'Tis a Greek invocation, to call fools into a (n.)
magic circle
AYL II.v.56
Ile go sleepe if I can: if I cannot, Ile raile against all the I'll go sleep, if I can; if I cannot, I'll rail against all therail (v.)

old form: raile
rant, rave, be abusive [about]
AYL II.v.57
first borne of Egypt.first-born of Egypt. AYL II.v.58
And Ile go seeke the Duke, / His banket isAnd I'll go seek the Duke; his banquet isbanquet, banket (n.)
refreshments, light meal, dessert
AYL II.v.59
prepar'd. prepared. AYL II.v.60
ExeuntExeunt AYL II.v.60
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