Issue 37

Vicar Rhys Prichard’s sleep poems

This article surveys the considerations regarding sleep in Welsh literature by analysing the popular poems of Vicar Rhys Prichard (1579–1644). Religious and cultural considerations regarding sleep, as found in the Vicar’s poems, are analysed. The main characteristics of the Vicar’s sleep poems are identified, and we gain an insight into how some people slept, or how the Vicar believed or wished them to sleep. As a result, the article shows the importance of sleep during the period and that people took it seriously. In doing so, it is emphasized that it should be remembered that real people, of flesh and blood, are studied, and although they only exist in texts from our point of view, they should be treated as human beings that, in the context of this article, slept.



Sleep, Vicar Prichard, Welsh literature, the seventeenth century, Christianity, Protestantism, piety, the early modern period.


Alter, D. (2024), 'Cerddi cwsg y Ficer Rhys Prichard', Gwerddon, 37, 41–61. 

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