Dr Neil Stanley Independent Sleep Expert
BACK Francis  Quarles,  Enchiridion: Containing Institutions,  Divine  Contemplative. Practicall. Moral Ethicall. Oeconomicall. Politicall (London, 1644), ch. 54; here CHAP. LIV. IF thou desire to take the best advantage of thy selfe (especially in matters where the Fancy is most imploy'd) keep temperate diet, use moderate exercise, observe seasonable, and set houres for Rest; Let the end of thy first sleep raise thee from thy Repose: Then hath thy Body the best temper; Then hath thy Soule the least incumberance: Then no noyse shall disturbe thy Eare; No object shall divert thine Eye: Then, if thy sprightly Fancie transport thee not beyond the common pitch, and shew thee not the Magazin of high invention, return thee to thy wanton Bed, and there conclude thy selfe more fit to wear thy Mistresses Favour, then Apolloes Bayes. It is clear that this passage is not talking about dreams at all but imagination as can be seen from an earlier chapter CHAP. XV. Let not thy fancy be guided by thine eye; nor let thy will be governed by thy  fancy : thine eye may be deceived in her object, and thy  fancy  may be deluded in her subject: let thy understanding moderate betweene thine eye, and thy  fancy ; and let thy judgement arbitrate between thy  fancy  and thy will; so shall thy fancy apprehend what is true: so shall thy will elect what is good. It is also clear that the phrase ‘waking at the end of they first sleep’ actually refers to waking in the morning and has nothing to do with ‘segmented sleep’ as can be seen in this chapter CHAP. XXVIII. GGd is Alpha and Omega, in the great world; endeavour to make him so in the little world; make him thy evening Epilogue, and thy morning Prologue; practice to make him thy last thought at night when thou sleepest; and thy first thought in the morning when thou awakest: so shall thy fancy be sanctified in the night, and thy understanding rectified in the day; so shall thy rest be peacefull, thy labours prosperous, thy life pious, and thy death glorious BACK
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