Note 1. Samuel Daniel had an eminently contemplative genius which might have anticipated the sonnet as it is in Wordsworth, but which the fashion of the day confined to the not wholly suitable subject of Love. In the splendid Care-charmer Sleep he continued, as will be seen, to put his subject under the influence of his prevailing faculty. (George Saintsbury, History of Elizabethan Literature, 1887.) Bartholomew Griffin, Gent., in his Fidessa, more Chaste than Kind 1596, has a sonnet reminiscent of this and the preceding numbers, which opens:
Care-charmer Sleep, sweet ease in restless misery,
The captives liberty, and his freedoms song,
Balm of the bruised heart, mans chief felicity,
Brother of quiet death, when life is too, too long.