Wordy Wednesday – “O gracious lady”

Hello all!

I couldn’t sleep last night, and found myself thinking about the phrase “have not slept a wink.” Have you heard that phrase before? Did you know that one of its first uses was in Shakespeare? In Cymbeline, Act 3 Scene 4, Pisano says:

O gracious lady,
Since I received command to do this business
I have not slept one wink.

So, next time you tell someone that you didn’t get any sleep, you can quote Shakespeare and say “I did not sleep a wink.”

Perhaps tonight I will count Silvius’s sheep until I fall asleep. Bonus points to whoever can tell me what play Silvius appears in!

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