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The seventeenth-century preacher Dr. Robert South found himself in the unenviable position of preaching to the secular court of Charles II. It was not unknown for the king and his courtiers to nod off during a good sermon, but the good doctor could not overlook this indelicate want of consideration.

Unable to call the king to attention he targeted a man close by, departing from his chosen text with the words:

"Lord Lauderdale, let me entreat you, rouse yourself. You snore so loud you will wake the king."

---------------A Final Thought ...

"A new philosophy generally means in practice the praise of some old vice."

- G. K. Chesterton (1874-1936), British author. All Things Considered,"The Methuselahite" (1908)