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  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Sleeping-draught a drink given to bring on sleep
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. slǽpanslǽp; Ger. schlaf, Goth. sleps.


In literature:

So restless was she that, despite the quieting draught which the housekeeper had induced her to swallow, she could not sleep.
"Mischievous Maid Faynie" by Laura Jean Libbey
Don't sleep in a draught.
"The Whitehouse Cookbook (1887)" by Mrs. F.L. Gillette
Had I better give you a sleeping draught?
"Waste" by Granville Barker
In half an hour afterwards Ephraim came in with a draught, which I was desired to take by Mr Cophagus, and then to try and sleep.
"Japhet, In Search Of A Father" by Frederick Marryat
Leah is with her now trying to induce her to take her sleeping-draught.
"Uncle Max" by Rosa Nouchette Carey
And so, when the warm water had done its work, I had to swallow a sleeping-draught and be laid easily upon the sofa.
"Miscellanea" by Juliana Horatia Ewing
When he came she implored him to give her a strong sleeping-draught.
"Great Possessions" by Mrs. Wilfrid Ward
Gholla will prepare a sleeping draught for her.
"The Tiger of Mysore" by G. A. Henty
Jist drink this draught, yer honor, and go off to sleep, if you can.
"With Clive in India" by G. A. Henty
Now, take your draught, and try to get a little sleep.
"Jacob Faithful" by Captain Frederick Marryat
After an hour I stripped, bathed myself, and, taking another draught of water, fell into a sound sleep.
"The Pacha of Many Tales" by Frederick Marryat
I put on another blanket, take a hot draught with an opiate, and go to sleep.
"Four Years in Rebel Capitals" by T. C. DeLeon
Now, I shall give you a composing draught and order you to sleep all the afternoon.
"The Girls at Mount Morris" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
In half an hour afterwards Ephraim came in with a draught, which I was desired to take by Mr Cophagus, and then to try and sleep.
"Japhet in Search of a Father" by Frederick Marryat
Left alone, she intoxicates the guard by means of a sleeping-draught, and so Telemachos enters the tent unobserved.
"The Standard Operaglass" by Charles Annesley
All Hester had to do now, was to give Patience her sleeping-draught.
"Mrs. Halliburton's Troubles" by Mrs. Henry Wood
The Burgundy is a good sleeping-draught, but it must be humoured.
"Barren Honour: A Novel" by George A. Lawrence
Miss Bella was having wakeful nights, and her father gave her a sleeping draught.
"The Solitary Farm" by Fergus Hume
He was put to bed and a sleeping-draught given him; after which he rested peacefully.
"Settling Day" by Nat Gould
To make it hang together it has been necessary to introduce the theory of a sleeping-draught or of some poison!
"My Memoirs" by Marguerite Steinheil

In poetry:

Never more from drinking deep
Rose he up and laughed;
Never more did prayerful sleep
Follow on the draught.
"The Sangreal" by George MacDonald
Till on the silvered terraces, sleep-sunken,
With Love's draughts drunken, those close lovers lie;
And--all for sorrow there shall come To-morrow--
The Moon, who watched them, pales in the gray sky,
While the still Night doth die.
"Grisma; Or The Season Of Heat" by Edwin Arnold