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Act 2, scene 5
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As You Like It
Act 2, scene 5



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In As You Like It, witty words and romance play out against the disputes of divided pairs of brothers. Orlando’s older…

Act 1, scene 1

Orlando demands that his elder brother Oliver give him part of the money left by their father. Oliver decides to…

Act 1, scene 2

Orlando wins the wrestling match and, at the same time, wins the heart of Rosalind, daughter of the legitimate duke,…

Act 1, scene 3

Duke Frederick suddenly decides to banish Rosalind. His daughter Celia, determined to go with Rosalind into exile, suggests that they…

Act 2, scene 1

In the Forest of Arden, the banished duke (Duke Senior) and the courtiers who share his exile discuss their life…

Act 2, scene 2

Duke Frederick, discovering Celia’s disappearance, suspects Orlando. He sends servants to bring Orlando to court.

Act 2, scene 3

Orlando learns from Adam, an old servant, that Oliver plans to kill Orlando. Adam and Orlando decide to go in…

Act 2, scene 4

Rosalind, Celia, and Touchstone reach the Forest of Arden. Rosalind is in disguise as a boy named Ganymede and Celia…

Act 2, scene 5

Amiens’ song celebrating life in the woods is mocked by Jaques’ parody of the song.

Act 2, scene 6

Orlando leaves Adam, near starvation, under a tree and goes off determined to find food.

Act 2, scene 7

As Duke Senior and his companions sit down to eat, Orlando enters, demanding food. Welcomed by the duke, he brings…

Act 3, scene 1

Duke Frederick gives Oliver one year to produce Orlando. In the interim, he seizes Oliver’s lands.

Act 3, scene 2

Orlando hangs poems in praise of Rosalind on trees in the forest, where Rosalind and Celia find them. In disguise…

Act 3, scene 3

Touchstone, desiring a goat-keeper named Audrey, has arranged for a country priest to marry them in the woods. Jaques persuades…

Act 3, scene 4

Corin invites “Ganymede” and “Aliena” to observe the lovelorn Silvius as Silvius courts the disdainful Phoebe.

Act 3, scene 5

“Ganymede” intervenes to try to help Silvius prevail over Phoebe and win her love. Instead, Phoebe falls in love with…

Act 4, scene 1

Rosalind, as Ganymede, pretends to be Rosalind while Orlando courts her. With Celia as priest, they go through the beginning…

Act 4, scene 2

Duke Senior’s courtiers celebrate their having killed a deer.

Act 4, scene 3

Phoebe sends “Ganymede” a letter offering herself in marriage. As Rosalind and Celia wait for Orlando, they learn that he…

Act 5, scene 1

Touchstone verbally overpowers William, a rival for Audrey’s love.

Act 5, scene 2

Orlando, envious that his brother Oliver and “Aliena,” having fallen in love, plan to be married immediately, tells “Ganymede” how…

Act 5, scene 3

Touchstone and Audrey listen while two pages sing.

Act 5, scene 4

In the presence of Duke Senior and his lords, “Ganymede” reminds Orlando, Silvius, and Phoebe of their promises. “He” and…

Act 5, epilogue

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Scene 5
Enter Amiens, Jaques, and others.


AMIENS sings 
  Under the greenwood tree
  Who loves to lie with me
  And turn his merry note
  Unto the sweet bird’s throat,
5 Come hither, come hither, come hither.
  Here shall he see
  No enemy
 But winter and rough weather.

JAQUES More, more, I prithee, more.

As You Like It
ACT 2. SC. 5

AMIENS 10It will make you melancholy, Monsieur
JAQUES I thank it. More, I prithee, more. I can suck
 melancholy out of a song as a weasel sucks eggs.
 More, I prithee, more.
AMIENS 15My voice is ragged. I know I cannot please you.
JAQUES I do not desire you to please me. I do desire
 you to sing. Come, more, another stanzo. Call you
 ’em “stanzos”?
AMIENS What you will, Monsieur Jaques.
JAQUES 20Nay, I care not for their names. They owe me
 nothing. Will you sing?
AMIENS More at your request than to please myself.
JAQUES Well then, if ever I thank any man, I’ll thank
 you. But that they call “compliment” is like th’
25 encounter of two dog-apes. And when a man thanks
 me heartily, methinks I have given him a penny and
 he renders me the beggarly thanks. Come, sing. And
 you that will not, hold your tongues.
AMIENS Well, I’ll end the song.—Sirs, cover the while;
30 the Duke will drink under this tree.—He hath been
 all this day to look you.
JAQUES And I have been all this day to avoid him. He is
 too disputable for my company. I think of as many
 matters as he, but I give heaven thanks and make no
35 boast of them. Come, warble, come.


ALL together here. 
  Who doth ambition shun
  And loves to live i’ th’ sun,
  Seeking the food he eats
  And pleased with what he gets,
40 Come hither, come hither, come hither.
  Here shall he see
  No enemy
 But winter and rough weather.

As You Like It
ACT 2. SC. 6

JAQUES I’ll give you a verse to this note that I made
45 yesterday in despite of my invention.
AMIENS And I’ll sing it.
JAQUES Thus it goes:
  If it do come to pass
  That any man turn ass,
50  Leaving his wealth and ease
  A stubborn will to please,
 Ducdame, ducdame, ducdame.
  Here shall he see
  Gross fools as he,
55 An if he will come to me.

AMIENS What’s that “ducdame”?
JAQUES ’Tis a Greek invocation to call fools into a
 circle. I’ll go sleep if I can. If I cannot, I’ll rail
 against all the first-born of Egypt.
AMIENS 60And I’ll go seek the Duke. His banquet is
They exit.