Quotation by Shakespeare

O, it offends me to the soul to hear a robustious, periwig-pated fellow tear a passion to tatters, to very rags, to split the ears of the groundlings, who for the most part are capable of nothing but inexplicable dumb shows and noise. I would have such a fellow whipped for o'erdoing Termagant. It out-Herods Herod. Pray you avoid it.
William Shakespeare (1564–1616), British dramatist, poet. Hamlet, in Hamlet, act 3, sc. 2, l. 8-14 (1604).

Directing the players how to perform the speech he has inserted in the play to be presented before Claudius.
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