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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 comes two of the banished 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' the 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.
	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 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 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 spring time, &c.

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

First Page: You are deceived, 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 be wi' you; and God mend
	your voices! Come, Audrey.



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