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12the Scriptures," is with you; and the Life these give, the Truth they illustrate, the Love they demonstrate, is the great Shepherd that feedeth my flock, and leadeth

15them "beside the still waters." By any personal pres- ence, or word of mine, your thought must not be diverted or diverged, your senses satisfied, or self be justified.

18Therefore, beloved, my often-coming is unnecessary; for, though I be present or absent, it is God that feed- eth the hungry heart, that giveth grace for grace, that

21healeth the sick and cleanseth the sinner. For this consummation He hath given you Christian Science, and my past poor labors and love. He hath shown you

24the amplitude of His mercy, the justice of His judgment, the omnipotence of His love; and this, to compensate your zealous affection for seeking good, and for labor-

27ing in its widening grooves from the infinitesimal to the infinite.

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PICTURE to yourself "a city set upon a hill," a

3celestial city above all clouds, in serene azure and unfathomable glory: having no temple therein, for God is the temple thereof; nor need of the sun, neither of the

6moon, for God doth lighten it. Then from this sacred summit behold a Stranger wending his way downward, to where a few laborers in a valley at the foot of the moun-

9tain are working and watching for his coming.

The descent and ascent are beset with peril, priva- tion, temptation, toil, suffering. Venomous serpents hide

12among the rocks, beasts of prey prowl in the path, wolves in sheep's clothing are ready to devour; but the Stranger meets and masters their secret and open attacks with

15serene confidence.

The Stranger eventually stands in the valley at the foot of the mountain. He saith unto the patient toilers

18therein: "What do ye here? Would ye ascend the moun- tain, — climbing its rough cliffs, hushing the hissing serpents, taming the beasts of prey, —and bathe in its

21streams, rest in its cool grottos, and drink from its living fountains? The way winds and widens in the valley; up the hill it is straight and narrow, and few there be that

24find it."

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