Dr Neil Stanley Independent Sleep Expert
BACK The Art of Thriving: or, the Way to Get and Keep Money. Being, a Seasonable Caution to Slothful Drones and Prodigal Spend-Thrifts: Containing Sundry Excellent Rules and Observations for Promoting Good-Husbandry, and Banishing Idleness and Profuseness, the Certain Parents of Poverty: Principally Intended for an Admonition to Youth, but Necessary to Be Practiced by All Persons in these Hard Times; and to Be Set up in Every Family (London, 1674). Defects of Improving what we have, are either by Sloth, one of the greatest baits the Devil has to all kind of wickedness; He that will not work, deserves not to eat; by the Apostles Rule: Remember the end of the Sluggard is miserable Beggary. Be curious sometimes to see the Morning Star draw the Curtain of the Day, or behold the Sun in Summer scatter glories as he climbs over the Eastern Hills. What a shame it is to spend half ones life-time in Dreams and Slumbers; Leave your Bed therefore, when first Sleep hath left you; left Custom renders your Body sluggish; or (what is worse) your mind a Cage of unclean thoughts. Ekirch contends that it was only in the 18th and 19th century that ‘first sleep’ elongated and yet it is clear from this passage that ‘First sleep’ stretches till morning so waking up means that you can “see the Morning Star draw the Curtain of the Day, or behold the Sun in Summer scatter glories as he climbs over the Eastern Hills” this must mean that in this pre-industrial text that “first sleep” must have a different meaning than that proposed by Ekirch.  this begs the question why would a pre-industrial author use such a well known phrase to mean something very different,? would this not be extremely confusing for his readers? BACK
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