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Thread #2903   Message #13239
Posted By: Bill in Alabama
26-Sep-97 - 11:12 AM
Thread Name: Origins: John o' Dreams (Bill Caddick)
Subject: RE: John O' Dreams
John-a-dreams is mentioned in HAMLET, Act 2, scene 2, line 568. The only gloss I can find for the reference is that, in Shakespeare's day it was used to refer to a "sleepy, dreaming idler." I'll check more sources later.