Sleeping Dogs Lie

“Let sleeping dogs lie” is said to have been written by Chaucer, only in reverse form: “It is nought good a slepyng hound to wake.” (‘Troylus and Crisedye,’ 1374), and recorded two hundred years later by John Heywood (‘A Dialogue Conteynyng Prouerbes and Epigrammes,’ 1592), ‘It is ill wakyng of a sleapyng dogge.’ But by the time of Charles Dickens (‘David Copperfield, 1850) it had been turned about into the order of today’s usage.” From “Heavens to Betsy!” by Charles Earle Funk (Harper & Row, New York, 1955).

Photo of “John,” a Dachshund by Sarah Getzler

2 thoughts on “Sleeping Dogs Lie”

  1. I love to watch my dogs sleep. They are so relaxed. I’ve even done a bunch of ceramic sculptures of sleeping dogs of different breeds and hope to do more. I want to see if I can make the different breeds recognizable in sleeping positions.

    • We’d love to see your work, Linda! Where would we go?

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