Morning Sleep

William Bell Scott

General Description

Date: 1849-1850
Rhyme: blank verse
Meter: iambic
Genre: lyric


◦ Fredeman 204-207


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Scholarly Commentary


After receiving a copy of the first number of The Germ, William Bell Scott (1811-1890) sent two poems for future issues on 15 January 1850. Of this piece WMR noted in his journal that it was gloriously fine [and] must absolutely come into No. 2, which it did. The poem is an interesting example of an explicitly hypnagogic experience. Scott reprinted it, with some changes, in his Poems by William Bell Scott: Ballads, Studies from Nature, Sonnets, Etc. (1875).

Printing History

First printed in The Germ no. 2, pages 65-67.

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