Thursday, July 2, 2009

Early Rising

"God bless the man who first invented sleep!"
So Sancho Panza said, and so say I:
And bless him, also, that he didn't keep
His great discovery to himself; nor try
To make it—as the lucky fellow might—
A close monopoly by patent-right!

Yes, bless the man who first invented sleep
(I really can't avoid the iteration),
But blast the man, with curses loud and deep,
Whate'er the rascal's name, or age, or station,
Who first invented, and went round advising,
That artificial cut-off, Early Rising!

—John Godfrey Saxe

1 comment:

Angela2932 said...

I SO agree with this poem! Oh, how I love to sleep as long as my heart's content! And give me a nice, flat, feather pillow, and who could ask for anything more?