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PRAY thee, take care, that tak'st my book in hand,

To read it well; that is, to understand.

BEN JONSON: Epigram I

WHEN I would know thee . . . my thought looks

Upon thy well made choice of friends and books;

Then do I love thee, and behold thy ends

In making thy friends books, and thy books friends.

BEN JONSON: Epigram 86

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IF worlds were formed by matter,

And mankind from the dust;

Till time shall end more timely,

There's nothing here to trust.

Thenceforth to evolution's

Geology, we say, —

Nothing have we gained therefrom,

And nothing have to pray:

MY world has sprung from Spirit,

In everlasting day;

Whereof, I've more to glory,

Wherefor, have much to pay.

MARY BAKER EDDY

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Miscellaneous Writings

Preface

1A CERTAIN apothegm of a Talmudical philosopher suits my sense of doing good. It reads thus: "The

3noblest charity is to prevent a man from accepting charity; and the best alms are to show and to enable a man to dispense with alms."

6In the early history of Christian Science, among my thousands of students few were wealthy. Now, Christian Scientists are not indigent; and their comfortable fortunes

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