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Act 5, scene 3
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As You Like It
Act 5, scene 3



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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 3
Enter Touchstone and Audrey.

TOUCHSTONE Tomorrow is the joyful day, Audrey. Tomorrow
 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
5 world.

Enter two Pages.

 Here come two of the banished duke’s pages.
FIRST PAGE Well met, honest gentleman.
TOUCHSTONE By my troth, well met. Come, sit, sit, and
 a song.
SECOND PAGE 10We are for you. Sit i’ th’ middle.
They sit.
FIRST PAGE Shall we clap into ’t roundly, without

As You Like It
ACT 5. SC. 3

 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
15 two gypsies on a horse.


PAGES sing 
 It was a lover and his lass,
  With a hey, and a ho, and a hey-nonny-no,
 That o’er the green cornfield did pass
  In springtime, the only pretty ring time,
20 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-nonny-no,
 These pretty country folks would lie
25  In springtime, the only pretty ring time,
 When birds do sing, hey ding a ding, ding.
 Sweet lovers love the spring.

 This carol they began that hour,
  With a hey, and a ho, and a hey-nonny-no,
30 How that a life was but a flower
  In springtime, the only pretty ring time,
 When birds do sing, hey ding a ding, ding.
 Sweet lovers love the spring.

 And therefore take the present time,
35  With a hey, and a ho, and a hey-nonny-no,
 For love is crownèd with the prime,
  In springtime, the only pretty ring time,
 When birds do sing, hey ding a ding, ding.
 Sweet lovers love the spring.

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ACT 5. SC. 4

TOUCHSTONE 40Truly, young gentlemen, though there
 was no great matter in the ditty, yet the note was
 very untunable.
FIRST PAGE You are deceived, sir. We kept time. We lost
 not our time.
TOUCHSTONE 45By 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.
They rise and exit.