Whoever desires to say, "good right, and good wrong," has no truth to defend. It is a wise saying that "men
21are known by their enemies." To sympathize in any degree with error, is not to rectify it; but error always strives to unite, in a definition of purpose, with Truth,
24to give it buoyancy. What is under the mask, but error in borrowed plumes?
"CHRIST AND CHRISTMAS"
27 An Illustrated Poem
This poem and its illustrations are as hopelessly origi- nal as is "Science and Health with Key to the Scrip-
1tures." When the latter was first issued, critics declared that it was incorrect, contradictory, unscientific, unchris-
3tian; but those human opinions had not one feather's weight in the scales of God. The fact remains, that the textbook of Christian Science is transforming the
"Christ and Christmas" voices Christian Science through song and object-lesson. In two weeks from the
9date of its publication in December, 1893, letters extoll- ing it were pouring in from artists and poets. A mother wrote, "Looking at the pictures in your wonderful book
12has healed my child."
Knowing that this book would produce a stir, I sought the judgment of sound critics familiar with the works
15of masters in France and Italy. From them came such replies as the following: "The illustrations of your poem are truly a work of art, and the artist seems quite familiar
18with delineations from the old masters." I am delighted to find "Christ and Christmas" in accord with the ancient and most distinguished artists.
21The Christian Science Journal gives no uncertain dec- laration concerning the spirit and mission of "Christ and Christmas."
24I aimed to reproduce, with reverent touch, the modest glory of divine Science. Not by aid of foreign device or environment could I copy art, — never having seen
27the painter's masterpieces; but the art of Christian Science, with true hue and character of the living God, is akin to its Science: and Science and Health gives