Drum Ecclesiastic

The pulpit cushion, often vigorously thumped by what are termed “rousing preachers.”

When Gospel trumpeter, surrounded
With long-eared rout, to battle sounded;
And pulpit, drum ecclesiastic,
Was beat with fist instead of a stick.

Butler: Hudibras, part i. canto 1.

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