As You Like It

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Enter Iaques and Lords, Forresters.Enter Jaques, and Lords dressed as foresters AYL IV.ii.1
Which is he that killed the Deare?Which is he that killed the deer? AYL IV.ii.1
Lord. LORD 
Sir, it was I.Sir, it was I. AYL IV.ii.2
Let's present him to the Duke like a RomaneLet's present him to the Duke like a Roman AYL IV.ii.3
Conquerour, and it would doe well to set the Deares hornsconqueror. And it would do well to set the deer's horns AYL IV.ii.4
vpon his head, for a branch of victory; haue you no songupon his head for a branch of victory. Have you no song, AYL IV.ii.5
Forrester for this purpose?forester, for this purpose?purpose (n.)
intention, aim, plan
AYL IV.ii.6
Lord. LORD 
Yes Sir.Yes, sir. AYL IV.ii.7
Sing it: 'tis no matter how it bee in tune, so itSing it. 'Tis no matter how it be in tune, so it AYL IV.ii.8
make noyse enough.make noise enough. AYL IV.ii.9
Musicke, Song.SONG AYL IV.ii.9b
What shall he haue that kild the Deare?What shall he have that killed the deer? AYL IV.ii.10
His Leather skin, and hornes to weare:His leather skin and horns to wear. AYL IV.ii.11
Then sing him home, the rest shall beare Then sing him home, the rest shall bear AYL IV.ii.12
this burthen;This burden. AYL IV.ii.13
Take thou no scorne to weare the horne,Take thou no scorn to wear the horn, AYL IV.ii.14
It was a crest ere thou wast borne,It was a crest ere thou wast born,crest (n.)
heraldic device placed above the shield and helmet in a coat-of-arms
AYL IV.ii.15
Thy fathers father wore it,Thy father's father wore it, AYL IV.ii.16
And thy father bore it,And thy father bore it, AYL IV.ii.17
The horne, the horne, the lusty horne,The horn, the horn, the lusty horn,lusty (adj.)
lustful, sensual, sexful
AYL IV.ii.18
Is not a thing to laugh to scorne. Is not a thing to laugh to scorn. AYL IV.ii.19
Exeunt.Exeunt AYL IV.ii.19
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