Quotation by Shakespeare

Thou hast never in thy life
Showed thy dear mother any courtesy,
When she, poor hen, fond of no second brood,
Has clucked thee to the wars, and safely home
Loaden with honor.
William Shakespeare (1564–1616), British dramatist, poet. Volumnia, in Coriolanus, act 5, sc. 3, l. 160-4.

His mother pleads with Coriolanus not to make war on Rome; a strikingly homely image for a patrician lady.
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