3to bud and blossom as the rose! With love, MARY BAKER EDDY
TO DONORS OF BOAT, FROM TORONTO, CANADA
Written on receipt of a beautiful boat presented by Christian Scientists in Toronto, for the little pond at Pleasant View. The
9boat displays, among other beautiful decorations, a number of masonic symbols.
Beloved Students and Friends: — Accept my thanks
12for the beautiful boat and presentation poem. Each day since they arrived I have said, Let me write to the donors, — and what?
15My first impression was to indite a poem; my second, a psalm; my third, a letter. Why the letter alone? Be- cause your dear hearts expressed in their lovely gift such
18varying types of true affection, shaded as autumn leaves with bright hues of the spiritual, that my Muse lost her lightsome lyre, and imagery of thought gave place to
21chords of feeling too deep for words.
A boat song seemed more Olympian than the psalm in spiritual strains of the Hebrew bard. So I send my
24answer in a commonplace letter. Poor return, is it not?
The symbols of freemasonry depicted on the boat
27wakened memory, touched tender fibres of thought, and I longed to say to the masonic brothers: If as a woman I may not unite with you in freemasonry, nor you with
30me in Christian Science, yet as friends we can feel the
1touch of heart to heart and hand to hand, on the broad basis and sure foundation of true friendship's "level"
3and the "square" of moral sentiments.
My dear students may have explained to the kind par- ticipants in beautifying this boat our spiritual points,
6above the plane of matter. If so, I may hope that a closer link hath bound us. Across lakes, into a kingdom, I reach out my hand to clasp yours, with this silent bene-
9diction: May the kingdom of heaven come in each of your hearts! With love,
12MARY BAKER EDDY
ADDRESS, — LAYING THE CORNER-STONE