Dr Neil Stanley Independent Sleep Expert
BACK For a historian Ekirch has a strange view of the word ‘contemporary’ for this proverb dates back to at least 1699, and is thus pre-industrial in its origin and therefore not of relevance to the point he is trying to make An account of the life and death of Ph. Henry  By William Bates 1699 here  He would sometimes apply to this that common Saying, He that would Thrive, must rise at Five ; and in dealing with young People, how earnestly would he press this upon them. Elegant Extracts: OR Useful and Entertaining PASSAGES in PROSE.: Book Third & Fourth 1803  here He who will thrive muſt riſe at five. He who hath thriven may ſleep till ſeven. The cruet stand, select pieces of prose and poetry By C. Gough 1853 here "Drive thy Business, let not thy Business drive thee," is a golden rule for mankind in general, but for cab- mankind in particular. Take a lesson from the butcher boys in their carts, and don't let any man know what thou art driving at. " He who will thrive must rise at five," so says the proverb, though there is more of rhyme than of reason in it ; for if " He who will thrive must rise at five," it must follow, a fortiori, " He who'd thrive more must rise at four;" and it would ensue, a fortissimo, " He who'd more thriving be, must always rise at three ;" " He who'd the former outdo, must rise as early as two ;" and by way of climax to the whole, it should hold good that " He who'd ne'er be outdone, must always rise at one ;" while as a clincher to the whole, it should be added, as a sort of grand climacteric, that " He who'd be thriving quite, must sit up all night." The Massachusetts Teacher, Volume 23 May 1870 here Early Rising. — Punch ever so long ago said that — Early to bed and early to rise, Is the way to be stupid and have red eyes . A letter writer observes that " He who would thrive must rise at five." So says the proverb, though there is more rhyme than reason in it ; for if — He who would thrive must rise at five, it must follow naturally, He who'd thrive more must rise at four ; and it will insure a consequence that, He who'd still more thriving be Must leave his bed at turn of three ; And who this latter would outdo, Will rouse him at the stroke of two. And by way of climax to it all, it should be held good that He who'd never be outdone, Must ever rise as soon as one. But the best illustration would be no who'd flourish best of all, Should never go to bed at all. BACK
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