Who, in the lusty stealth of nature, take
More composition and fierce quality
Than doth, within a dull, stale, tired bed,
Go to the creating a whole tribe of fops
Got ‘tween asleep and wake?

– William Shakespeare

King Lear, Act 1, Scene 2. Edmund sells us the good side of being the bastard son of the Earl of Gloucester. He takes pride in the fact that bastards like him are conceived in a moment of passionate and natural lust. He sees bastards as superior in composition and quality than the whole tribe of "fops" (silly kids) legitimately conceived by half asleep parents in a tedious, stale bed.