Quotation by Shakespeare

The hedge-sparrow fed the cuckoo so long
That it had its head bit off by its young.
William Shakespeare (1564–1616), British dramatist, poet. Fool, in King Lear, act 1, sc. 4, l. 215-6.

The cuckoo lays its eggs in another bird's nest, and so is an emblem of ingratitude; Lear is the sparrow and Goneril, his daughter, the cuckoo.
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