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SLEEP
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[ Also see Action Bed Death Dreams Early Rising Insomnia Midnight Night Nightmares Peace Quiet Repose Rest Waking Weariness ]

Of all the thoughts of God that are
  Borne inward unto souls afar,
    Along the Psalmist's music deep,
      Now tell me if that any is.
        For gift or grace, surpassing this--
          "He giveth His beloved sleep."
      - Elizabeth Barrett Browning, The Sleep

Be sure they sleep not whom God needs.
      - Robert Browning

Let youth cherish sleep, the happiest of earthly boons, while yet it is at its command; for there cometh the day to all when "neither the voice of the lute nor the birds" shall bring back the sweet slumbers that fell on their young eyes as unbidden as the dews.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

Don't stay in bed, unless you can make money in bed.
      - George Burns

Night's sepulchre.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

Strange state of being! (for 'tis still to be)
  Senseless to feel, and with seal'd eyes to see.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

Voluptuous as the first approach of sleep.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

Sleep hath its own world,
  A boundary between the things misnamed
    Death and existence: Sleep hath its own world,
      And a wide realm of wild reality,
        And dreams in their development have breath,
          And tears and tortures, and the touch of joy.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        The Dream (st. 1)

Sleep is the best cure for waking troubles.
      - Cervantes (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra)

Now, blessings light on him that first invented this same sleep! it covers a man all over, thoughts and all, like a cloak; it is meat for the hungry, drink for the thirsty, heat for the cold, and cold for the hot. It is the current coin that purchases all the pleasures of the world cheap; and the balance that sets the king and the shepherd, the fool and the wise man, even. There is only one thing, which somebody once put into my head, that I dislike in sleep; it is, that it resembles death; there is very little difference between a man in his first sleep, and a man in his last sleep.
      - Cervantes (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra),
        Don Quixote (pt. II, ch. LXVIII)

There is nowhere in the world where sleep is so deep as in the libraries of the House of Commons.
      - Henry "Chips" Channon, diary

It is not good a sleping hound to wake.
      - Geoffrey Chaucer, Troilus and Criseyde
         (bk. I, 640)

Sweet nurse of nature, over the senses creep.
      - Charles Churchill

Visit her, gentle Sleep! with wings of healing,
  And may this storm be but a mountain-birth,
    May all the stars hang bright above her dwelling,
      Silent as though they watched the sleeping Earth!
      - Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Dejection--An Ode
         (st. 8)

O sleep! it is a gentle thing,
  Beloved from pole to pole!
    To Mary Queen the praise be given!
      She sent the gentle sleep from Heaven
        That slid into my soul.
      - Samuel Taylor Coleridge,
        The Ancient Mariner (pt. V, st. 1)

On eyes that watch as well as eyes that weep
  Descends the solemn mystery of sleep,
    Toiling and climbing to the very close,
      The weary Body, longing for repose,
        On the gained level of the day's ascent,
          Halts for the night and pitches there its tent.
      - Abraham Coles

That provisional tomb where the living exile sighs, weeps, fights and succumbs, and is born again, remembering nothing, with the day.
      - Sidonie Gabrielle Colette

Sleep, the type of death, is also, like that which it typifies, restricted to the earth. It flies from hell and is excluded from heaven.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

O sleep, why dost thou leave me? why thy visionary joy remove?
      - William Congreve

Beauties, when disposed to sleep,
  Should from the eye of keen inspector keep:
    The lovely nymph who would her swain surprise,
      May close her mouth, but not conceal her eyes;
        Sleep from the fairest face some beauty takes,
          And all the homely features homelier makes.
      - George Crabbe

Sleep is a god too proud to wait in palaces, and yet so humble too as not to scorn the meanest country cottages.
      - Abraham Crowley

Care-charmer Sleep, son of the sable Night,
  Brother to Death, in silent darkness born;
    Relive my languish, and restore the light.
      - Samuel Daniel, Sonnet (46, To Delia)

Away thee, my Lady-Love!
  Wake thee, and rise!
    The sun through the bower peeps
      Into thine eyes.
      - George Darley, Waking Song

No civilized person ever goes to bed the same day he gets up.
      - Richard Harding Davis

Golden slumbers kiss your eyes,
  Smiles awake you when you rise.
      - Thomas Dekker (Decker),
        The Comedy of Patient Grissel


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