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Before I Lay Me Down to Sleep (<i>Cath</i>. 6)

Gerard O'Daly

in Days Linked by Song

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780199263950
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191741364 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199263950.003.0007
Before I Lay Me Down to Sleep (Cath. 6)

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This chapter discusses the poem's themes: prayer to Trinity; sleep as a blessing; dreams, influenced by the dreamer's moral condition; biblical examples of dreams — Joseph as dream-interpreter in Egypt, visions of John the author of the Revelation (Apocalypse); mind-travel; prophetic dreams; baptism; symbolism of cross; and Christ as protector against sin and bad dreams.

Keywords: Trinity; sleep; dreams; Joseph; Book of Revelation; mind-travel; baptism; prophecy; cross symbolism; Christ as protector

Chapter.  6721 words. 

Subjects: Classical Literature

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