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REV. CHARLES BUCK,
COURAGEMENT, TO THE
ON HIS FIRST ENTRANCE INTO THE DIVINE LIFE.
A TREATISE ON
ITS NATURE, EVIDENCES, AND ADVANTAGES,
IN THREE VOLUMES.
RELIGIOUS, MORAL, AND ENTER
SLEEPING AND INATTENTION IN THE
HOUSE OF GOD.
We may well ask whether such an inconsistency was ever seen in a Pagan temple or a Mahometan mosque.
“ He who sleeps in a place of worship,” says one, " is as though he had been brought in for a corpse, and the preacher was preaching at his funeral.” Upon this subject I cannot help transcribing what has been written by an eminent author. “ Constant sleepers," says he, “are public nuisances, and deserve to be whipped out of a religious assembly, to which they are a constant disgrace. There are some who have regularly attended a place of worship for seven years, twice a day, and yet have not heard one whole sermon in all the time. These dreamers are a constant distress to their preachers. In regard to their health, would any but a stupid man choose such a place to sleep in? In respect to their character, what can be said for him, who in his sleep makes mouths and wry faces, and exhibits strange postures ; and sometimes snorts, starts, and talks in his sleep? Where is his prudence, when he gives such occasion to malicious persons to suspect him of gluttony,