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enced person asserted that, “it was more to him than his necessary food,” and another has recommended it as pecu. liarly agreeable to the taste, “sweeter than honey or the honey comb.” One circumstance I had almost forgotten, namely, that, those who bare not laid aside all attention to the form of religion, if they are subject to the Sunday sickness, generally, feel somewhat chill, and listless about the hours of secret retirement, and family devotion.
Froin some symptoms, in the families where this disease has made its appearance, there is reason to fear that it is contagious. If I am not strangely mistaken, some chil. dren have received the infection from their parents; and I expect every week to see it more prevalent in the vicin. ity of a great family who are dreadfully under the power of the disorder. The symptoms of yawning are evident in some, and of lethargy in others, who are not yet so far gone as to be kept from public worship.
I was willing to hope the Sunday sickness was a new complaint, and peculiar to these parts; but, it seems, there are but few places where the malady has not reached; and weariness of the Sabbath appears to have been a raging disorder among the Jews, in the times of their commonwealth; though it is to be feared, it never was more prev. alent and contagious than at present; and, I am sorry to say, its prevalence is, not a little, owing to the late ato tempts of a gentleman to prove that its effects are not to be dreaded.
In searching for the causes of these symptoms, I have met with considerable difficulty; but am now convinced, after the closest investigation, that they are generally brought on by excessive indulgence, and feeding without
*serve on the sour fruits of the flesh, and the windy diet the world. Persons, who sit for many hours together lose rooms, with vain and carnal companions, are pe
arly liable to the malady; and I have observed that a glect of family and social religion on working days; a
It delight in cards and other games; a frequent atten. ace upon balls, drinking clubs, and stage plays, are its common forerunners.
I am desirous that these particulars should be laid before the public, that they may serve to cá ution some persons of their danger, and that the skilful may be excited to seek out a remedy for the disease. Some have thought that the complaint is a moral rather than a natural one; it is, how. erer, argued on the other side, that the patients generally complain of a natural indisposition. What is to be done? It is high time that physicians or divines should attend to the malady. I have sometimes thought of prescribing draughts and bolusses to those who have told me that they cauld not come to church, or not come in time, or not keep awake while they were there; but when I have found them well, and active in their business, I have declined it for fear it should seem like forcing medicines. Had I been sure that worldly business or pleasure had detained them, I should have recommended the clergyman to attend to their case; but when they talk of their infirmities and indispositions, I do not know how he could address them. Perhaps it is necessary to hold a consultation of physicians and divines, that it may be determined to whom the patients belong, and whether the complaint is seated in the body or in the soul.
As the following admonition to sleepers is in some degree connected with the above paper, and I know not whether it has been before printed, I shall recommend it, as worthy of attention, to those whom it may concero. It was drawn up by a minister of great zeal, and I shallfaith. fully transcribe the copy before me, because, though it may be rather in the rough, the style is peculiarly character. istic of the writer.
“The horrid habit of sleeping in some is the source of infinite pain to others. It damps, more than any thing else, the vivacity of a preacher. Constant sleepers are public nuisances, and deserve to be scourged 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 con. stant distress to their preachers, and could sober reason operate on them, they would soon be reclaimed.
"In regard to health, would any but a stupid man choose such a place to sleep in? Iv respect of character, what can be said for him, who in his sleep makes mouths, and wry faces; and exhibits strange postures, and sometimes snores, and starts and talks in his sleep, and renders himself ridiculous to the very children of the place? Where is his pru. dence, when he gives malicious persons occasion to suspect him of gluttony,drunkenness, laziness, and such like causes of sleeping in the day time? Where is his breeding? He ought to respect the company present. What an offensive rudeness to sit down and sleep before them! Above all, where is his piety and fear of God? There will come a period in the existence of this easy drone, in which he will a wake, and find the Philistines punishing the idłor who was shorn in his sleep.
“Ministers have taken a number of methods to rid our assemblies of this odious practice. Some have reasoned; some have spoken louder; some have whispered; some have threatened to name the sleeper, and have actually named him; some have called fire; some have left off preaching; Dr. Young sat down and wept; Bishop Ayl. mer took out his testament and read Greek. Each of these awaked their audience for the time; but the destruction of the habit belongs to the sleepér himself; and if peith.
nor religion can excite him, why, he must sleep on till death and judgment awake him.”
A SERIOUS REPARTEE.
Said Frank to his sister, “ I heard t'other day,
“No, brother, we do not;" she meekly replied,
ON A RAMBLING PREACHER, WHO LAID HIS BIBLE BEHIND
HIM AS SOON AS HE HAD READ HIS TEXT.
When Ralph has read his text,
You'll see it if you mind him;
And lays it down behind him.
He'll do as well without it;
He'll say no more about it.
A PREACHER WHO WAS
VAIN OF NOT STUDYING HIS
PETER SO often tells his friends,
That they must needs believe it,
All fresh as they receive it.
And tell him so sincerely,
His preaching proves it clearly.
ON BEING PRESENTED WITH A PORTRAIT OF DR.
WHEN the last solemn trumpet loud shall blow,
Unwearied he drew forth a brilliant store,