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Quotation by Shakespeare
When daisies pied and violets blue, And lady-smocks, all silver-white, And cuckoo-buds of yellow hue Do paint the meadows with delight, The cuckoo then on every tree Mocks married men, for thus sings he: Cuckoo! Cuckoo, cuckoo—O word of fear, Unpleasing to a married ear.
William Shakespeare (1564–1616), British dramatist, poet. Spring, in Love's Labor's Lost, act 5, sc. 2, l. 894-902.
The first stanza of the song of Spring at the end of the play; the cuckoo's habit of using the nests of other birds suggests cuckoldry, and the refrain conflicts with the delights of spring.
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