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Daemon
Posted: Wednesday, October 1, 2014 12:00:00 AM
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What hath night to do with sleep?

John Milton (1608-1674)
ChristopherJohnson
Posted: Wednesday, October 1, 2014 1:31:53 AM

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He must have been working on his books and writings at nights, like many so-called night owls do.
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Maybe he was on one of those 'abnormal' circadian rhythms, or maybe he possessed a lot of candles...
Geeman
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In the 24-hour world we live in I think that's easier to understand. For his time, his being blind is probably a factor....
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I love this as I spend most nights working on something. But I'm afraid he's wrong. Science has shown that the brain becomes more awake when there is light as light (even something as small as a night light) disrupts sleep patterns.
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This is a party quote from 'Comus'. Milton was 26 when he wrote this ( 1634 ). He didn't go blind till some 20 years later..
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What has food to do with hunger?
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This guy knew what side his bed was buttered! Heh heh!Applause

He also knew how to feather his bread!!! Heh heh!Think
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Posted: Wednesday, October 1, 2014 4:53:54 AM

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Truly, night has nothing to do with sleep. People of various callings stay awake at night and sleep at daytime, for example, thieves, aircraft pilots, train drivers, policemen (until they are caught sleeping), and many others. Sleep is required when the body, and mind too, needs it. There is no invariable relation between night and sleep. Boo hoo!
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Worst.Chicken.Sandwich.Ever.
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You can't steal from night only borrow…
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The quote in context:

From John Milton poem "COMUS" - A Mask(Like many of his contemporaries, Milton wanted to have his cake and eat it too; he wanted to write pagan poetry like his Comus):

"By dimpled Brook, and Fountain brim,
The Wood-Nymphs deckt with Daisies trim,
Their merry wakes and pastimes keep:
What hath night to do with sleep?
Night hath better sweets to prove,

Venus now wakes, and wak'ns Love.
Com let us our rights begin, [ 125 ]
Tis onely day-light that makes Sin,
Which these dun shades will ne're report."

http://www.bartleby.com/4/209.html

http://thriceholy.net/lost.html
Absurdicuss
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Morning coffee after a good night's sleep.

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Posted: Wednesday, October 1, 2014 7:27:14 AM

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John Milton was a villager, obviously. No urbanite. One has a more comfortable position to choose when to work and when to sleep when one lives in a quiet village or rural landscape, compared to the city life with its car- and human trafic 24 hours a day.
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Bully_rus wrote:
You can't steal from night only borrow…


Good one.
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What has night to do with sleep! This is really like saying "What has day to do with work!" However, it is good to rest at night. Maybe he did have an abnormal circadian rhythm. The countryside was not always quiet in the time of Milton. There may well have been cockerels crowing and ploughmen ploughing from first light.
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I think, from the context, that he means there are better things to do at night than sleep!
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there is nothing better than sleep at night, except making love and then sleep. ha ha
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Daemon wrote:
What hath night to do with sleep?

John Milton (1608-1674)


It is one of the things people do. Was he reminding people that many other things can be done at night, with mid-night oil?

Kids do not need his reminder nowadays. You can't put them to bed.
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I'm always confused when I see archaic forms of auxiliary verbs:)
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Personally, I prefer a nap in the mid afternoon, then back to work in my studio until late into the evening...
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Not for me, you know, I'm biologically setted
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Woe to the insomniacs!
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Posted: Wednesday, October 1, 2014 3:19:24 PM
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Daemon wrote:
What hath night to do with sleep?

John Milton (1608-1674)


Not a thing, particularly for "The Wood-Nymphs deckt with Daisies trim,"...creatures of the forests, dryads.
striker
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his novel paradise lost in a classic
TB Turtle
Posted: Wednesday, October 1, 2014 6:26:55 PM

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I accomplish so much more in the wee hours of the night. Reading, planning, research is 100% focused with no ringing phone, people, etc. to interrupt. I do not understand how anything gets done in the typical office.
Dosei Iantha Evans
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I think he will understand more when he is awake for 180 hours and is super tired but doesn't want to sleep. Then he will understand the importance of night.
userpinkie777
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Night has absolutely nothing to do with sleep. Angel
excaelis
Posted: Thursday, October 2, 2014 3:36:01 AM

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striker wrote:
his novel paradise lost in a classic



More of an epic poem in twelve volumes, one thinks.

Paradise Regained , on the other hand, is a total snorefest.
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