1 I lay on my straw, but I could not sleep.
2 We rest; a dream has power to poison sleep.
3 By degrees, after the morning's dawn, sleep came.
4 I slaked my thirst at the brook, and then lying down, was overcome by sleep.
5 My spirit will sleep in peace, or if it thinks, it will not surely think thus.
6 When it became noon, and the sun rose higher, I lay down on the grass and was overpowered by a deep sleep.
7 My life, as it passed thus, was indeed hateful to me, and it was during sleep alone that I could taste joy.
8 When night came on and brought sleep with it, I was in the greatest fear lest my fire should be extinguished.
9 But sleep did not afford me respite from thought and misery; my dreams presented a thousand objects that scared me.
10 I covered it carefully with dry wood and leaves and placed wet branches upon it; and then, spreading my cloak, I lay on the ground and sank into sleep.
11 These thoughts calmed me, and in the afternoon I sank into a profound sleep; but the fever of my blood did not allow me to be visited by peaceful dreams.
12 Unable to endure the aspect of the being I had created, I rushed out of the room and continued a long time traversing my bed-chamber, unable to compose my mind to sleep.
13 The same lulling sounds acted as a lullaby to my too keen sensations; when I placed my head upon my pillow, sleep crept over me; I felt it as it came and blessed the giver of oblivion.
14 At this time a slight sleep relieved me from the pain of reflection, which was disturbed by the approach of a beautiful child, who came running into the recess I had chosen, with all the sportiveness of infancy.
15 During the day I was sustained and inspirited by the hope of night, for in sleep I saw my friends, my wife, and my beloved country; again I saw the benevolent countenance of my father, heard the silver tones of my Elizabeth's voice, and beheld Clerval enjoying health and youth.
16 The sleep into which I now sank refreshed me; and when I awoke, I again felt as if I belonged to a race of human beings like myself, and I began to reflect upon what had passed with greater composure; yet still the words of the fiend rang in my ears like a death-knell; they appeared like a dream, yet distinct and oppressive as a reality.
17 I accompanied the whale-fishers on several expeditions to the North Sea; I voluntarily endured cold, famine, thirst, and want of sleep; I often worked harder than the common sailors during the day and devoted my nights to the study of mathematics, the theory of medicine, and those branches of physical science from which a naval adventurer might derive the greatest practical advantage.
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