Short Charity Sermon

The Dean once preached a charity sermon in St. Patrick's Cathedral,

Dublin, the length of which disgusted many of his auditors; which,

coming to his knowledge, and it falling to his lot soon after to preach

another sermon of the like kind in the same place, he took special care

to avoid falling into the former error. His text was, He that hath pity

upon the poor lendeth unto the Lord, and that which he hath given will

he pay him again. The Dean, after repeating his text in a more than

commonly emphatical tone, added, Now, my beloved brethren, you hear the

terms of this loan; if you like the security, down with your dust. The

quaintness and brevity of the sermon produced a very large contribution.