sleepe thou

This belongs to Emma Medeiros:

I first had the idea when my daughter was born. I liked the idea of winding her up in my arms as she slept… Then this year I began training to be a midwife and it seemed even better.

Literary Tattoos: Shakespeare A Midsummer Nights Dream

I had rather have a handful or two of dried peas.
But, I pray you, let none of your people stir me: I
have an exposition of sleep come upon me.

Sleep thou, and I will wind thee in my arms.
Fairies, begone, and be all ways away.

Exeunt fairies

So doth the woodbine the sweet honeysuckle
Gently entwist; the female ivy so
Enrings the barky fingers of the elm.
O, how I love thee! how I dote on thee!

They sleep

- Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Act 4 Scene 1.


  1. Jennifer says

    I’m so sad that this blog isn’t getting updated any longer. I checked it every day, and I love the inspiration of all of these tattoos. Maybe someday it will be up and running again? WE MISS YOU, CONTRARIWISE!

  2. says

    I’m not a fan of large tattoos but one thing for sure is the message of this one is particularly striking. One, because it’s not about most of the other tattoos I’ve seen on this site which are about encouraging oneself bla bla bla (not that there’s anything wrong with that, it’s just tiring to see), but how this one is about winding your daughter up in your arms as she slept. It’s not the typical tattoo of your child, but it can still be related to it.

    Two, because it made me look forward to reading this line in AMND.

    Great tattoo, great line, great meaning behind it.

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