I slept like a log

In Spanish we have the exact same expression, dormir como un leño, which is an exact translation word by word & with the same meaning. I was just curious lớn know which language created the expression first, so I"m tracking it down khổng lồ find the oldest cases in both languages. In my related question in Spanish Language I have sầu found a case of the Spanish version in a text from 1561, using the Spanish corpus provided by the Royal Spanish Academy:

De que"s en la cama duerme como un leño, bien harto lớn de migas bruxo çahareño <...>.

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Juan de Timonedomain authority, "Cancionero llamavị Sarao de amor", 1561 (Spain).

First verses roughly translated: "he"s in bed sleeping lượt thích a log".

Which is the oldest case registered in i-google-map.com of "sleep lượt thích a log" (or its equivalent expression in Medieval i-google-map.com or other stages of the language)?


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The idiom sleep like a log, ‘sleep well, soundly’, does not emerge in i-google-map.com until the beginning of the 19th century, first in American, then British sources, at least ahy vọng those readily available online:

11 . Slept like a log till ten, và then was called. This atmosphere is certainly narcotic. You see all along how enormously I have slept.— Aaron Burr, The Private Journal of Aaron Burr, During His Residence of Four Years in Europe, Matthew Livingston Davis, ed., 1838.

Then he went home page & slept lượt thích a log. — Very Funny, Not Too Funny; Just Funny Enough (collection of newspaper anecdotes), cited from Boston Transcript n.d., Thành Phố New York, 1830.

If it was five P.. M., he always preferred taking a drop at that particular hour. If it was ten in the evening, that was a time particularly favorable for taking something; và a cup of hot sling made a glorious night-cap, wherein a man might sleep lượt thích a log. — Asa Greene, The life và adventures of Dr. Dodimus Duckworth, New York, 1833.

... had slept like a log of wood all night, và that he had not had a wink of sleep; — Gloucestershire Chronicle, 12 April 1834. BNA (paywall)

‘Why, I always sleep like a log,’ said the lodger; ’and I believe it would puzzle the thunder itself lớn wake me up when I get fairly into lớn one of my naps.’ — “Miscellaneous from the New York Transcript,” Indiana American (Brookville), 4 Sept. 1835.

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November 21st <1837>, at 9 A. M. Visited my patient this morning, & found hlặng improved in every respect. Says he “slept like a log all night.” — Thủ đô New York Journal of Medicine, May 1845.

Because the actual text is behind a paywall, I was unable khổng lồ verify whether the source of the Gloucestershire article is i-google-map.com or American. The story appearing in the Indiana paper, for instance, was also published in several papers in the UK.

That while unconscious the human body toàn thân might resemble a log did not escape earlier speakers, but there is no sense of restful or even healthy sleep — here, either a drunken stupor or a nervous disorder:

give sầu but your little wench freely her liquor, & khổng lồ bed send her, you will find her quicker; pearter, nimbler, both to kiss, and cog, then your great wench that will lye lượt thích a log — Francis Kirkman, The Wits, 1662. EEBO

Galen … mentioneth a Story of a School-fellow of his, who when he had wearied himself with long study, fell into lớn a Catalepsis, or Congelation ; He lay (saith he) lượt thích a Log all along, not lớn be bent, stiff & stretched out, and seemed lớn behold us with his eyes, but spake not a word ; … Lazare Rivière, The Practice of Physick, 1668.

In Middle & Early Modern i-google-map.com, other metaphors complete the phrase slept lượt thích a .... One that shows up in Chaucer is apparently still current:

This messager drank sadly ale và wyn, And stolen were his lettres pryvely Out of his box, whil he sleep as a swyn — Geoffrey Chaucer, Man of Law’s Tale, Canterbury Tales

“Did you have sầu a bad dream last night, Joe?” “Nope. Slept like a swine on fresh straw.” — Jonathan Pearce, Community Spirits: Infestations on the Spectral Plane, 2005.

And particularly sleep like a top:

shall sleepe like a top else — John Fletcher, William Shakespeare, The Two Noble Kinsmen, perf. 1613–4, pub. 1634. EEBO

but venus gave t" other a sop, that made hlặng sleep like any top; — Charles Cotton, Scarronides: or Virgile Travestie, 1664. EEBO

… và he will sleep like a top. — William Congreve sầu, The Old Bachelor, 1693.

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… và then I went to bed & slept like a top till breakfast time. — Vincennes Gazette (IN) 15 Feb. 1834.

The metaphoric potential of logs was exploited in other ways:

foundering is when she will neither veere nor steare, the sea will so ouer rake her, except you không tính phí out the water, she will lie lượt thích a log, & so consequently sinke. — John Smith, A Sea Grammar, 1627. EEBO

the poor soul is pulling and tugging with its own heart, và finds his heart heavie và dull, like a log in a ditch; và have sầu not many of you found your hearts so? — Jeremiah Burroughs, Gospel-worship, 1653. EEBO

One could also stand lượt thích a log or fall lượt thích one:

sir kenelm digby relates, that in the year 1663: the lady warwiông chồng told hlặng, that a daughter of her husbands elder brother had the falling-sickness in the greademo extremity, so that she fell lượt thích a log seven or eight times a day without any motion: — Kenelm Digby, George Hartman, ed. và publ., A Choice Collection of Rare Secrets, 1682. EEBO