So excellent a king; that was, to this,
Hyperion to a satyr; so loving to my mother
That he might not beteem the winds of heaven
Visit her face too roughly.
– William Shakespeare
Hamlet, Act 1, Scene 2. Hamlet says that the old king, his father, was a far better king than his uncle. He was so loving towards his mother that he kept the wind from blowing too hard on her face. Using hyperbole, he compares old Hamlet to the Greek god Hyperion and Claudius to a satyr, a woodland horse-like creature that engaged in debauchery and revelry.