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Quotation by Shakespeare
I am a tainted wether of the flock,
Meetest for death; the weakest kind of fruit
Drops earliest to the ground, and so let me.
William Shakespeare (1564–1616), British dramatist, poet. Antonio, in The Merchant of Venice, act 4, sc. 1, l. 114-6.
"Tainted wether" literally means sickly castrated ram; Antonio offers himself, as it were, for sacrifice.
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