Patient Grissil

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Thomas Dekker (c. 1572—1632) playwright and pamphleteer

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A comedy by Dekker in collaboration with Chettle and Haughton, printed 1603.

The marquess of Salucia, smitten with the beauty of Grissil, the virtuous daughter of a poor basket‐maker, makes her his bride. Wishing to try her patience, he subjects her to a series of humiliations and cruelties. The play contains the well‐known songs ‘Art thou poore yet hast thou golden slumbers, | O sweet content’ and ‘Golden slumbers kisse your eyes’.

The same subject is treated in Chaucer's ‘Clerk's Tale’ (see Canterbury Tales, 9). It was taken originally from the Decameron (Day 10, Tale 10).

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