• Enter AMIENS, JAQUES, and others

    AMIENS

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

    JAQUES

    10More, more, I prithee, more.

    AMIENS

    It will make you melancholy, Monsieur Jaques.

    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

    My voice is ragged. I know I cannot please you.

    JAQUES

    15I 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

    Nay, I care not for their names. They owe me nothing. Will you sing?
  • AMIENS, JAQUES, and others enter.

    AMIENS

    (singing)
    Whoever wants to lie with me,
    Under the greenwood tree,
    And turn his merry song
    To follow the sweet bird’s singing,
    Come here, come here, come here.
    Here you will find
    No enemy
    Besides winter and rough weather.

    JAQUES

    More, more, please, more.

    AMIENS

    It’s only going to make you sad, Monsieur Jaques.

    JAQUES

    I’m glad about that. More, please, more. I can suck sadness out of a song the way a weasel sucks eggs. More, please, more.

    AMIENS

    My voice is ragged. I know I won’t please you.

    JAQUES

    I don’t want you to please me, I want you to sing. Come on, another stanza—is that what you call 'em, “stanzas”?

    AMIENS

    Call them whatever you want, Monsieur Jaques.

    JAQUES

    Nah, I don’t care what their names are; they owe me nothing. Will you sing?

    names

    By “names,” Jaques is thinking of the signatures on I.O.U notes, in which the name legally requires that the debt be honored.