9of this, Jesus said, "Wisdom is justified of all her children."
Above the fogs of sense and storms of passion, Chris-
12tian Science and its art will rise triumphant; ignorance, envy, and hatred — earth's harmless thunder — pluck not their heaven-born wings. Angels, with overtures,
15hold charge over both, and announce their Principle and idea.
It is most fitting that Christian Scientists memorize
18the nativity of Jesus. To him who brought a great light to all ages, and named his burdens light, homage is in- deed due, — but is bankrupt. I never looked on my
21ideal of the face of the Nazarite Prophet; but the one illustrating my poem approximates it.
Extremists in every age either doggedly deny or fran-
24tically affirm what is what: one renders not unto Caesar "the things that are Caesar's;" the other sees "Helen's beauty in a brow of Egypt."
27Pictures are portions of one's ideal, but this ideal is not one's personality. Looking behind the veil, he that perceives a semblance between the thinker and his thought
30on canvas, blames him not.
Because my ideal of an angel is a woman without feathers on her wings, — is it less artistic or less natu-
1ral? Pictures which present disordered phases of ma- terial conceptions and personality blind with animality,
3are not my concepts of angels. What is the material ego, but the counterfeit of the spiritual?
The truest art of Christian Science is to be a Chris-
6tian Scientist; and it demands more than a Raphael to delineate this art.
The following is an extract from a letter reverting to
9the illustrations of "Christ and Christmas": —
"In my last letter, I did not utter all I felt about the wonderful new book you have given us. Years ago,
12while in Italy, I studied the old masters and their great works of art thoroughly, and so got quite an idea of what constitutes true art. Then I spent two years in
15Paris, devoting every moment to the study of music and art.
"The first thing that impressed me in your illustra-