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Iha Eminent Brooklyn Divine’s Son*
day Sermon.
Snlject: “Biblical and Modern Narrations
of Dreams.”
Text! **He took of the. stores of that
place and put. them for his pi*lows and lay
flown in that pine.-! to sleep \mst he dream
ed”—Gene©is xxviii., 11.
Asleep on a pillowcase filled with bens’
feathers it is not strange one should hare
pleasant dreams, but here is a pillow cf
rock, and Jacob with his head on it, and lol
a di earn o? angels, two professions, those
coming down the stairs met by those going
up the st' irs. It is the first dream of Bible
record. You may say of a drear* that it is
nocturnal fantasia, or that it is the absurd
combination of waking thoughts .•**•<! with
8- slur or' intonation you may s .v, “It is on'y
a dream,” but God has honored the dream
by making it the avenur through which
again and again He has inarched upon the
human oul, decided tin fate of Nations
and changed the course of the wo rld’s his
God appear »d in & dream to Abimelech,
warning Mm again.?* an unlawful marriage;
2 dream to Joseph, foretelling H 5 com
ing power under the figu 3 of all the
sheaves of the harvest bowing down to his
sheaf; to the chief butler, foretelling hia
di?imprisonment; tc the chief baker, an
nouncing his decapitation; to Pharaoh,
showing him first the seven plenty years
and then the seven famine struck years, un
der the figure of the seven fat cows devour
ing the seven lean cows; to Solor.o.i, giving
him the choice betwe-.n wisdom a;*d riches
and honor; to the warrio**. mder thofigur
nr a uaney case saucing aov a lw, en*
eouraging O'deon in bis battle »** the
Amelekites; to Nebuchadnezzar, Mr*der the
figure of a broken image ard a he* n down
■ tree, foretelling bis overthrow of power, tc
eph of the New Testament, announcing
' rth of Christ in his own household, to
bidding her fly from Herodic per?e
ito Pilate’s wife, warning him not
complicated with the judicial
that God m ancieut times
dispensation addressed the
;ara=, The question now
in onr day and reveal
is? • hat is tne ques
that question thi.j
dreams when we have a supernal book of in
Unite wisdom on all subjects? Why should
we harry ourselves with dreams? Why
should Eddystone an 1 Barnegat lighthouses
juestiou a summer li refly.
Remark the Second—Ail dreams have an
important meaning.
They prove that the soul is comparatively
Independent of the body. The eyes are
eloserl, tho senses are dull, tho entire body*
joes into a lethargy which in all languages
is used as a type of death, and then the souti
spreads its wing and never sleeps. It leapt
the Atlantic Ocean and mingles in scenes
8000 miles away. It travels great reaches of
time, flashes back eighty years, and tho
octogenarian is a boy again in his father’s,
house- It the soul before it has entirely
broken its chains of flesh can do all this, how
far can it leap, wuat circles can it cut, when
it is luily liberated.
Every dream, whether agreeable or har
assing, whether sunshiny or tempestuous,
means so much that rising from your couch
you ought to kneel dow n and sav: “O Ood,
am I immortal? Whence? Whither? Two
natures. My soul caged now—wuat when
the cicor of the caga is opened? If ray soul
ran fly so far in the few hours in which my
body is asleep in the night, how far can it
fly when my body sleeps tne long sleep of
the "rave?” Oh, this power to dream, how
i startling, how overwhelming! If prepared
I for the utter death flight, what an enchant
ment! If not prepared for the after death
1 flight, what a crusning agoay! Immortal!
Remark tho Third—The vast majority
of dreams-are merely the result of disturbed
physical condition and are not a supernatural
: message.
| Jot) had carbuncles, and he was scared in
i the night. He says, “i'hou scarest me with
: dreams and terrifiest me with visions." Solo
> mon had an overwrought brain, over
\ wrought with public business, and he suf
I fered from erratic s umber, and ha writes in
| Ecclesiastes, “A dream cometh through the
i multitude of business.” Dr. Gregory , iu ej
perimenting with dreams,found that a bottle
of hot water put to his feet while in slumber
made him think that he was going up the
hot side of Mount Etna.
Another moroia physician, experimenting
with droame, his feet uncovere 1 through
sleep, thought he was riding in Alpinu dui- ]
genee. But a great many dreams are mere
ly narcnrcotie disturbance. Anything that
you see while under the influeneo of chloral
Iorbrandv or '‘hasheesh” or laudanum is not
" revelation from <-o;!.. The learned D»
Quincy did not Ascribe to divine communis
catiots what he saw in sleep, opium satui
rated, dreams which he afterward describe I
i in the following words.
“I was worshiped. I was sacrificed. I fl *d
' from the wrath of Brahma through ali th>
forests of Asia. Vishnu hats ) me. Siva laid
in wait for me, I come suddenly uoon Is IS
and Osiris. I had done a ueed, they said, thal
made the crocodiles tremble. I "was"buried
for a thousand years in stone coffins, wot* .
mututu'es and sphinxes in narrow chambers
at the heart of eternal pyramids. I tv is
kisie i with the cancerous kiss of crocodiles
and lay confounded with unutterable slimv
things among wreathy and Nilotic mud.”
Do not mistake narcotic disturbance for di- >
vine revelation.
But I have to tell you 'ihat the majority !
pt nreams are merely we penalty of outraged
digestive organs, and you have no right to
L nistake the nightmare for heavenly revela
i don. Late suppers are a warranty deed for
■ dad dreams. Highly spiced meals at 11
Hh’clock at night instead of opening the door
■lesveriward open the door infernal and dia
bolical. You out-age natural law, and you
^Bsult the Go l who made these laws. It
^ftkes from three to five hours to digest food.
hd yen have no right to tax your digestive
ffeans in struggle when the rest of your
.iy is in. somnolence. The general rule is,
“ nothing after 6 o'clock at night, retire at
sleep on your right side, keep the win
open five inches for ventilation, and
>P worlds will not disturb you much.
7 physical maltreatment you take the
Icier that Jacob saw in his dream and you
it to the nether world, allowing the
t ol the demoniacal. Dreams are mid*
dyspepsia. An unregulated desire for
[thing to eat ruined the race in para
and an unregulated desire for som a
to eat keeps it ruined. The world
6000 years has tried in vain to digest
rst apple. The world will not be
ized until we get rid of a dyspeptic
,nity Healthy people do not want
.averous and sleepy thing that some
oall religion. They want a religion
ives regularly by day and aleep3
ly by night.
gn trouble or oommg on or oia age
aanstion of Christian servioe you cau
eep well, then you may expect from
“songs in the night," but there are no
id communications to those who will
surrender to indigestibles. Napoleon's
,y at Lei pair, Dreedeu and Borodino
ie near being destroyed through the dis
hed gastric juices of it commander,
fat is the way you have lost some of your
Another remark I make is that our
reams are apt to be merely the echo of our
[ay thought®.
I,will give you a recipe for pleasant
reams: Fill your days with elevated
:ought and unselSeh action, and your
reams will be set to music. If all day you
are gouging and grasping and avaricious,
in your dream3 you wdl see gold that you
cannot clutch and bargains iu which you
were outshylocked. If during the day yo*
are irascible ant pugnacious and guupow
derv of disposition, you will at night have
ittle with enemies in whioh they will get
e best of you. If you are all day long in
' urry, at night yon will dream of rail
,ins that you want to catch while you
Lnot move one inch toward the depot,
you are always oversusoiclous and ex
pectant of assault, you will have a' night
Hallucinations of assassins with daggers
drawn. No one wonders that Richard III.,
the iniquitous, the night before the battle of
Bosworth Field, dreamed that all those whom
he had murdered stared at him, and that he
was torn to pieces by demons from tne pit.
The post’s dream is a rhythmic echo. Cole
ridge composed his “Kubia Khan” asleep in
a narcotic dream, and waking up wrote
down 300 lines of it. Tartini, the violin
player, composed his most wonderful sonata
while asleep in a dream so vivid that wak
mg he easily transferred it to paper.
Waking thoughts have their echo in sleep
ing thou gilts. If a man spends his life in
trying to make others happy and is heavenly
minded, around hi3 pillow he will see crip
ples who have got over their crutch and
proc 'ssionsof^celestial.’imperialsand hear thj
grand march roll down from drums of
eaven over jasper parapets. You are very
apt to hear in dreams what you hear when
upv it/ ucai in uioui
you are wide awake
.Now-, having shown you that hann.i a j
Bible we ought to be "satisfied not getting |
any further communication from Go I, an.l i
having shown you that all dreams have an
important mission, since they snow the coni
parative independence of the soul from the
body, and havmg shown you that the ma
jority of dreams are a result of disturbed
physical condition, and having shown you
that our sleeping thoughts are apt to be an
echo of our waking thoughts, I come now
to my filth ani most important remark,
and that is to say that it is capable of proof i
that God does sometimes in our day, and
has often since the close of the Bible dispen
sation, appeared to people in dreams.
All dreams that make you betteraro from
God. Hor do 1 know it? Is not God the
source of all good? It does not take a very
logical mind to argue that out. Tertulliau
and Martin Luther believed in dreams. The
dreams of John Huss are immortal. St.
Augustine, the Christian father, gives us
the fact that a Carthaginian physician was
persuaded of the immortality of the soul by
an argument which ha heard in a dream.
The night before his assassination the wife
of Julius Caesar dreamed that her husband
fell dead across her lap. It is possible to
prove that God does appear in dreams to
warn, to convert an i to save men.
aly friend, a retired sea captain and a
Christian, toils me that one night while on
the sea he had dreamed that a ship's crew
were in great suffering. Waking up from ■
his dream, he put about the ship, tacked in j
different directions, surprised everybody on
the vessel—they thought he was going crazy |
—saileixm in another direction hour after
hour, and for many hours until he came to
the perishing crew and rescued them and .
brought them to Now York. Who conduct
ed that dream? Tho God of the sea.
In 1695 a vessel went out from Spithead
for the ‘.Vest Indies and ran against the
ledge of rocks called the Caskets. The vessel
went down, but the crew clambered up on
to die of starvation^ as they
supposed. But there was a ship bound for
Southampton that had the captain’s son
Oil board. This lad twice in the night
dreamed that there was a craw of saiiors
dying on the Caskets. He told his father of
his dream. The vessel came down by tae
Caskets in time to find and to rescue those j
poor dying men. Who conducted that
dream? The God of the rocks, tho God of ,
the sea.
-iue K9V. JJr. cmsaneu, iu ms marvelous
book entitled, “Nature and the Superna
tural," gives tue following fact that ne got
from Captain Yount in California, a fact
confirmed by many families. Captain Yount
dreamed twice one night that 150 mil"S
away there was a company of traders fast
in the snow He also saw in the dream rocks
of peculiar formation, and telling his dream
to an old hunter the hunter sad, “Why. I
remember those rocksj those rocks are iu
the Carson Valley pass, 150 mile3 away.”
Captain Yount, impelled by this dream,
although laughed at by his neighbors,
gathered men together, took mule3 and
blankets aud started out on the expedition,
.traveled 150 miles, saw those very rocks
i which he had described in his dream, ami
1 finding the suffering ones at the foot of
i those rocks brought them back to conlir.n
! the story of Captain Yount. Who con
i ducted that dream? The God of the snow,
i the God of the Sierra Novadas.
God has often appeared in dreams to res*
! cue and comfort. You have known people
: —perhaps it is something I state in your
! own experience—you have seen people go to
i sleep with bereavements inconsolable, and
I they awakened in perfect resignation be
1 cause of what they had seen m slumber.
! £)r. Cr&DO&g6, on© of tbo most roniarkabls
man X ever iDQt^rdinsrkablo for bsoovol"
euce and great philanthropies—at Welling
ton England, showed mo a house where
the Lord had appeared in a wonderful
dream to a poor woman. Tho woman was
rheumatic, sick, poor to the last poiut of
1 destitution. She was waited on and cared
; for by another poor woman, her only at
tendon t.
Word came to her one day that this poor
woman had died, and the invalid of whom t
am speaking lay helpless upon the couch
wondering what would become of her. In
that mood she fell asleep. In her dreams
she said tho angel of the Lord appeared and
took her into tho open air aud pointe 1 in
one direction, and there were mountains of
bread, and pointed iu another direction, and
there were mountains o’ butter, an i in an
other direction, an 1 there were mountains
of ail kinds of worldly sunn y. The angel
j of the jJord said to her, “Woman, all these
j mountai us belong to your Father, and do
you think that He will let you, tlis child,
hunger and die?”
Dr. Craunage told me by some divine im
pulse he wenii into that destitute home, saw
the suffering there and administered unto
it, earing for her all the way through. Do
you tell me that that dream was woven out
of earthly anodynes? Was that' the phan
tasmagoria of a disease! brain? No, it was
an all sympathetic Go! addressing a poor
woman through a dream.
Furthermore, X have to say that there are
people in this house who were converted to
God through a dream. The Rev. John
Newton, the fame of whose piety tills all
Christendom, while a profligate sailor on
shipboard, in his dream, thought that a be
ing approached him and gave him a very
beautiful ring and put it upon bis finger and
said to him, “As long as you wear that ring
yon will be prospered; if you lose that riug.
yon will be ruined."
In the same dream another personage ap
peared, and by a strange infatuatiou per
suaded John Newton to throw that ring
overboard, and it sank into the ssa. Then
the mountains in sight were full of fire,
and the air was lurid with consuming
wrath. While John Newton was repenting
of his folly in having thrown overboard the
tre .sure, another personage came through
the dream and told John Newton he would
plunge into the sea and bring the ring up if
he desired it.
He plunged into the sea and brought it up
and said to John Newton. “Here is that
gem, but T. think I will keep it for you, lest
you lose it again,” and John Newton con
sented, and all the fire went out fro n the
mountains, and all the signs of lurid wrath
disappeared from the air, and John Newton
said that he saw in his dream that that valu
able gem was his soul, and that the being
who persuaded him to throw it overboard
was Satan, and that the one wno plunged in
and x’estored that gem, keeping it lor him,
was Christ. And that dream makes one of
the most wonderful chapters in the life of
that most wonderful hud.
A Luermin was crossing me Atlantia
ocean, and in his dream he saw a man with
a handful of white flowers, and he was told
to follow the man who had that handful of
white flowers. The German, arriving in
New York, wandered into the Pulton street
prayer meeting, and Mr. Lamphier—whom
many of you know—the great apostle of
prayer meetings, that day had given to him
a bunch of tuberoses.
They stood on his desk, and at the close
of the religious services he took the tube
roses and started homeward, and the Ger
man followed him, and through an inter
preter told Mr. Lamphier that on the sea he
had dreamed of a man with a handful of
white flowers and was told to follow him.
Suffice it to say, through that interview and
following interviews he became a Christian
and is a city missionary preaching the Gospel
to hi® own countrymen. God in a dream i
t Jc n Hardock, while on shipboard,
dreanedone night that the day of judg
ment had come, and that the roll of the
ship’s crew was called, except his own name,
and that these people, this craw, were all
banished, and in his dream he asked the
reader why his own name was omitted, and
he was told it was to give him more oppor
tunity for repentance. He woke up a dif
ferent man. He became illustrious for
Christian attainment. If you do not believe
these things, then you must discard all tes
timony and refuse to accept any kind of au
'fchoritative witness. Godin a dream!
j Rev. Herbert Mendes was converted t»
1 God through a dream of the last judgment^
and I doubt if there is a man or woman in
this house to-day that has not had soma
dream of that great day of judgment which
shall be the winding up of the world’s his
tory. If you have not dreamed of it, per
haps to-night you may dream of that day .,
t There are enough materials to make a
dream. Enough voices, for there shall be
-the roaring of the elements and the great
earthquake. Enough light for the dream,
for the world shall blag;. Euough excite
ment, for the mountains shall fall. Enough
! water, for the ocean shall roar. Enough
astronomical phenomena, for the stars shall
go out. Enough populations, for all the
races of all the ages will fall into line of one
of two processions, and the one ascending
and the other descending, the one led o i by
’the rider on the white horse of eternal
i victory, the other led on by Apollyou on
.the biack charger of eternal defeat,
j The dream comes on me now, an 1 I sa»
the lightnings from above answering the
j volcanic disturbances from beneath, and X
-hear the long reverberating thunders that
shall wake up the dead, and on ons side I
see the opening of a gate into scsnes golden
and amethystine, and on the other side X
hear the clanging back of a gate into bas
tiles of eternal bondage, au t all the seas^
lifting up their crystal voices, cry, “Come
to judgment!" and all the voices of the
heaven cry, “Come to judgment-!” and
crumbliug’ mausoleum and Westminster
abbeys and pyramids of the dea l with mar
ble voices cry, "Come to judgment!"
And the archangel seizes au instrument of
music which has never yet been Bounded, an
instrument of music that was made only for
one sound, and thrusting that mighty
trumpet through the clou Is and turning in
fthis way he shall put it to hfe lip and Blow
ithe long, loud blast that shall make tt»
[solid eartn quiver, crying, “Coma to judg
! 1 Then from this earthly gr-issness quit.
Attired io stars we shall forever sit.
noil Your Water.
The popular idea that water is
purified by freezing has been again
disproved by recent careful expert
ments, which show that the average/
amount of impurity retained by the
Ice is 34.3 per cent, of organic mat
ter. As organic matter is the more
objectionable of the two, the case (a
worse than was formerly supposed.

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