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From The Clerk's Tale, lines 512-525:
Walter leaves and sends a sergeant to Griselda's room
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From The Canterbury Tales:
The Clerk's Tale
lines 526-539: The sergeant says to Griselda he has come to take the child

       "Madame," he seyde, "ye moote foryeve it me,
Though I do thyng to which I am constreyned,
Ye been so wys, that ful wel knowe ye
That lordes heestes mowe nat been yfeyned,
530They mowe wel been biwailled and compleyned,
But men moote nede unto hir lust obeye;
And so wol I, ther is namoore to seye.
       "Madam," said he, "you must forgive it me,
Though I do that to which I am constrained;
You are so wise you know well, it may be,
That a lord's orders may not well be feigned;
530They may be much lamented or complained,
But men must needs their every wish obey,
And thus will I; there is no more to say.

       This child I am comanded for to take."
And spak namoore, but out the child he hente
535Despitously, and gan a cheere make
As though he wolde han slayn it er he wente.
Grisildis moot al suffren and consente;
And as a lamb she sitteth meke and stille,
And leet this crueel sergeant doon his wille.
       This child I am commanded now to take"-
And spoke no more, but seized that innocent
535Pitilessly, and did a gesture make
As if he would have slain it before he went,
Griselda, she must suffer and consent;
And so, meek as a lamb, she sat there, still,
And let this cruel sergeant do his will.

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From The Clerk's Tale, lines 540-574:
Griselda gives her child a goodbyekiss and the sergeant leaves with the child