Quotation by Shakespeare

Go bind thou up young dangling apricots
Which, like unruly children, make their sire
Stoop with oppression of their prodigal weight.
Give some supportance to the bending twigs.
Go thou, and like an executioner
Cut off the heads of too-fast-growing sprays
That look too lofty in our commonwealth.
All must be even in our government.
You thus employed, I will go root away
The noisome weeds which without profit suck
The soil's fertility from wholesome flowers.
William Shakespeare (1564–1616), British poet. King Richard II (III, iv).

Giving instructions to his assistant; "prodigal" means excessive. The Unabridged William Shakespeare, William George Clark and William Aldis Wright, eds. (1989) Running Press.
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