"O, then, I see Queen Mab hath been with you.
She is the fairies’ midwife, and she comes
In shape no bigger than an agate-stone
On the fore-finger of an alderman ...
And in this state she gallops night by night
Through lovers’ brains, and then they dream of love;"
~Mercutio, Romeo and Juliet
I've posted about sleep before, but I'm revisiting it because I find the stories and legends about sleep so interesting. There's Queen Mab, Rip Van Winkle, Sleeping Beauty, the Sandman, Hypnos (god of sleep), Morpheus (god of dreams), Wee Willie Winkie, "Sleeping Hero legends"...
Here's a small sampling of sleepy art:
She sleeps, nor dreams, but ever dwells
A perfect form in perfect rest.
Illustration for Tennyson's "Sleeping Beauty"
by W. E. F. Britten
illustration by Byam Shaw
An illustration from Washington Irving's Rip Van Winkle
by N.C. Wyeth
Henry Meynell Rheam (1859 – 1920)
by Henry Meynell Rheam
Scott Stulen, The Shape of Night: The Language of Sleep
Photograph by Cameron Wittig, courtesy The Walker Art Center
shared by Northern Lights
Les Fleurs Animèes
by J. J. Grandville, 1847
* Makura Gaeshi is a Japanese spirit who moves your pillow to your feet while you are sleeping (this image is pretty funny).
* A recent version of Sleeping Beauty
* Native American Legends and Stories About Dreams
* Hawaiian Legends of Dreams, retold and illuminated by Caren Loebel-Fried
Next time you see someone sleeping, make believe you're in a science fiction movie. And whisper, 'The creature is regenerating itself.”