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Patient Grissel is a play by Thomas Dekker, Henry Chettle, and William Haughton. It was mentioned in Henslowe's diary in the entry for December 1599. It was first printed in 1603.

The plot is a variant of the medieval tale of patient Griselda, as told in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales.

The play contains Dekker's poem "Golden Slumbers" (which was adapted by Paul McCartney for the song of the same name on The Beatles' Abbey Road album):

Golden slumbers kiss your eyes,
Smiles awake you when you rise;
Sleep, pretty wantons, do not cry,
And I will sing a lullaby,
Rock them, rock them, lullaby.
Care is heavy, therefore sleep you,
You are care, and care must keep you;
Sleep, pretty wantons, do not cry,
And I will sing a lullaby,
Rock them, rock them, lullaby.


1893 text

The well-known story, first told by Boccaccio, then by Petrarca, afterwards by Chaucer, and which has since become proverbial. Tom Warton, writing about 1770, says, “I need not mention that it is to this day represented in England, on a stage of the lowest species, and of the highest antiquity: I mean at a puppet show” (“Hist. of English Poetry,” sect. xv.). — B.


This text comes from a footnote on a diary entry in the 1893 edition edited by Henry B. Wheatley.

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