ACT V
Scene 3
 

The forest

Enter TOUCHSTONE and AUDREY

TOUCHSTONE
To-morrow is the joyful day, Audrey; to-morrow 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 world. Here come
two of the banish'd Duke's pages.

Enter two PAGES

FIRST PAGE
Well met, honest gentleman.

TOUCHSTONE
By my troth, well met. Come sit, sit, and a song.

SECOND PAGE
We are for you; sit i' th' 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?

SECOND PAGE
I'faith, i'faith; and both in a tune, like two gipsies
on a horse.

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.

TOUCHSTONE
Truly, young gentlemen, though there was no great
matter in the ditty, yet the note was very untuneable.

FIRST PAGE
You are deceiv'd, sir; we kept time, we lost not our
time.

TOUCHSTONE
By my troth, yes; I count it but time lost to hear such
a foolish song. God buy you; and God mend your voices. Come,
Audrey.

Exeunt