Francis Oscar Mann (ed.), The Works of Thomas Deloney

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I. PATIENT GRISSELL.

the ballad of Patient Grissell was printed in a setting of prose as a complete little book about 1630 (part of the date has been cut away in the British Museum copy). Although there is no actual proof that the prose is Deloney's the style suggests his authorship. 'The feast that continued fourteene dayes, to the comfort of the Commons' may be compared with Iacke of Newberie's wedding 'that endured ten dayes to the great reliefe of the poore'.title page and prose setting are added below; the ballad itself does not differ materially from the version in the Garland of Good Will.

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