ON SLEEP #1
The Greek poet EPIMENIDES is said to have fallen asleep in a cave as a child and not to have awoken for 57 years, after which he found himself possessed of all wisdom.
In Washington Irving's 1819 story, RIP VAN WINKLE slept for 20 years in the Catskill Mountains, waking an old man, "unknowing and unknown."
Arthurian legend tells of MERLIN, who is not dead but asleep in the form of an old tree yet to wake; and KING ARTHUR himself, who is not dead in Avalon but is sleeping in teh form of a raven. (Incidentally, some say that Merlin was responsible for waking ST. DAVID, who was enchanted into sleep for seven years by Omrmandine.)
DOG SLEEP, CAT SLEEP, FOX SLEEP, and WEASEL SLEEP are all feigned sleeps taken with one eye metaphorically open.
German mythology tells of CHARLES V, who is asleep until it is time to awake and reclaim his monarchy, and BARBAROSSA, who sleeps with six knights until they are ready to awake and establish Germany as the most powerful state on Earth.
George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)