Quotes about First Sleep & Second Sleep

I arise from dreams of thee
In the first sweet sleep of night,
When the winds are breathing low,
And the stars are shining bright…
~Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792–1822), “The Indian Serenade”

Don Quixote followed nature, and being satisfied with his first sleep, did not solicit more. As for Sancho, he never wanted a second, for the first lasted him from night to morning, indicating a sound body and a mind free from care; but his master, being unable to sleep himself awakened him, saying, “I am amazed, Sancho, at the torpor of thy soul; it seems as if thou wert made of marble or brass, insensible of emotion or sentiment!” ~Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra (1547–1616), Don Quixote de la Mancha, translated from Spanish, Chapter LXVIII

Philostratus, in his Life of Apollonius Tyaneus represents the latter as informing King Phraotes that “the Oneiropolists, or Interpreters of Visions, are wont never to interpret any vision till they have first enquired the time at which it befell; for, if it were early, and of the morning sleep, they then thought that they might make a good interpretation thereof, in that the soul was then fitted for divination, and disincumbered. But if in the first sleep, or near midnight, while the soul was as yet clouded and drowned in libations, they, being wise, refused to give any interpretation.” ~Dr. Anna Bonus Kingsford, 1886

About half-past twelve o’clock, when Mr. Winkle had been revelling some twenty minutes in the full luxury of his first sleep, he was suddenly awakened by a loud knocking at his chamber-door. ~Charles Dickens, The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club, 1836

He had been unable to drive away the gloomy thoughts which kept sleep from his eyes for a long hour. He had solved any number of difficult arithmetical problems, and mentally repeated the same prayer at least twenty times; but the sleep which he obtained after waiting so long and making so many efforts, brought neither rest nor comfort, and the old man struggled all night in the fiery embrace of the fever-god. It was only in the morning, after awaking and happily falling off into a second sleep, that he enjoyed the peace and repose of both body and soul, which usually characterized his rest. When he again opened his eyes after this delightful morning’s nap, a joyous ray, cast by the rising sun through the bed curtains, danced on the counterpane like a streak of gold, and gave a marvellous brilliancy to its variegated embroideries. ~Alexandre Dumas, The Watchmaker, 1859

It seemed almost impossible for him to rouse himself out of the delicious depths of his first sleep. ~George Despard, “Peace in the Heart,” in The Sunday at Home: A Family Magazine for Sabbath Reading, 1880 August 21st

By far the larger number of the dreams occurred towards dawn; sometimes even, after sunrise, during a “second sleep.” A condition of fasting, united, possibly, with some subtle magnetic or other atmospheric state, seems therefore to be that most open to impressions of the kind. ~Dr. Anna Bonus Kingsford, 1886

My uncle walked up the middle of the street with a thumb in each waistcoat pocket, indulging from time to time in various snatches of song, chaunted forth with such good will and spirit, that the quiet honest folk started from their first sleep and lay trembling in bed till the sound died away in the distance; when, satisfying themselves that it was only some drunken ne’er-do-weel finding his way home, they covered themselves up warm and fell asleep again. ~Charles Dickens, The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club, 1836