What exactly does Shakespeare want to say in the following passage from The Comedy of Errors?

A wretched soul, bruised with adversity,

We bid be quiet when we hear it cry;

But were we burdened with like weight of pain,

As much or more we should ourselves complain.

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Basically, it means that the suffering of others is hard to hear, but when we suffer, we want others to hear us.

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