Under the Greenwood Tree

Original Text: 
William Shakespeare, "As You Like It," Mr. William Shakespeares comedies, tragedies, & tragedies (London: Isaac Jaggard and Ed. Blount, 1623): 192 (Act II, scene 5). STC 22273. Facs. edn.: Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1902. F-10 356 Fisher Rare Book Library (Toronto). New York: Norton, 1968. PR 2751 A15 1968 Robarts Library
2    who loues to lye with mee,
3    And turne his merrie Note,
4    vnto the sweet Birds throte:
5Come hither, come hither, come hither:
6    Heere shall he see no enemie,
7But Winter and rough Weather.
8Who doth ambition shunne,
9    and loues to liue i' th Sunne:
10    Seeking the food he eates,
11    and pleas'd with what he gets:
12Come hither, come hither, come hither,
13    Heere shall he see no enemie,
14But Winter and rough Weather.


1] The first line of this song is a popular ballad refrain. Amiens sings this song to Jacques, who responds with another stanza to the same music:
If it do come to passe, that any man turne Asse:
Leauing his wealth and ease,
A stubborne will to please,
Ducdame, ducdame, ducdame:
Heere shall he see, grosse fooles as he,
And if he will come to me.
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Publication Start Year: 
RPO poem Editors: 
N. J. Endicott
RPO Edition: 
2RP.1.232; RPO 1996-2000.