Bosom Sermons

Written sermons, not extemporary ones or from notes. Does it not mean committed to memory or learnt by heart?

“The preaching from `bosom sermons,' or from writing, being considered a lifeless practice before the Reformation.” —Blunt: Reformation in England, p. 179.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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