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BACK 85  See also, for example,  Deposition of Thomas Jubb, November 17, 1740, Assi 45/22/1/102; November 12, 1729, November 30, 1726, January 4, 1728, Diary of Robert Sanderson, St. John's College, Cambridge; Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle, Love's Adventures (London, 1662). "Old Robin of Portingale," in The English and Scottish Popular Ballads, Francis Child, ed., 5 vols. (1882–98; rpt. edn., New York, 1965), 2: 241. From the full quote it can be seen that he is sick and his ‘layde faire” and her ‘five maydens’ are watching over and caring for him. Therefore the quote is not a ‘counsel’ to others nor is there any way of  knowing if his sleep pattern described is actually his natural behaviour.  NB Also note the term used here is ‘next’ sleep not ‘second sleep’ Downe then came his ladye faire, All clad in purple and pall, The rings that were on her fingers Cast light throughout the hall. 'What is your will, my owne wed-lord? What is your will with mee?' 'O see, my ladye deere, how sicke, And like to die I bee.' 'And thou be sicke, my owne wed-lord, Soe sore it grieveth me, But my five maydens and myselfe Will 'watch thy' bedde for thee, 'And at the waking of your first sleepe, We will a hott drinke make; And at the waking of your 'next' sleepe Your sorrowes we will slake.' Brooke, Cautionary Rules, 6; I have given order for an Ante-peftilential Pill, which the Healthfull may ufe once in a week, and goe about their ordinary occafion, Mr Wale at the Black-bull-head in Leaden-hall-ftreet has directions to provide it; chufe the moft temperate daies, and of leaft bufinefs, Three are the Dofe, to be taken after the firft Sleep, and thin Broth or Poffet-drink to be drank three hours after. This example is somewhat ambiguous about what ‘first sleep’ is actually referring to given that the dose meeds to be “taken after the first sleep” but additionally a “thin Broth or Poffet-drink to be drank three hours after” given that this is written in 1665 one wonders how the person was meant to wake themselves up 3 hours after and then make a “thin Broth or Poffet-drink” Deposition of Thomas Jubb, November 17, 1740, Assi 45/22/1/102 November 12, 1729, November 30, 1726, January 4, 1728, Diary of Robert Sanderson, St. John's College, Cambridge; Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle, Love's Adventures (London, 1662). here This quote also concerns what to do when you are ill and therefore is not a description of normal behaviour. Lady Ignorance - I am not well to day  Lady Wagtail - If you are  troubled with melancholy vapours, arising from crude humours, you must take        as soon as you wake after your first sleep, a draught of Wormwood-wine, then lye to sleep again.   BACK
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