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3With armor on, I continue the march, command and countermand; meantime interluding with loving thought this afterpiece of battle. Supported, cheered, I take my

6pen and pruning-hook, to "learn war no more," and with strong wing to lift my readers above the smoke of conflict into light and liberty.         MARY BAKER EDDY

CONCORD, N. H.

January, 1897

CHAPTER I — INTRODUCTORY

PROSPECTUS

THE ancient Greek looked longingly for the Olym-

3piad. The Chaldee watched the appearing of a star; to him, no higher destiny dawned on the dome of being than that foreshadowed by signs in the heav-

6ens. The meek Nazarene, the scoffed of all scoffers, said, “Ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times?" — for he forefelt

9and foresaw the ordeal of a perfect Christianity, hated by sinners.

To kindle all minds with a gleam of gratitude, the

12new idea that comes welling up from infinite Truth needs to be understood. The seer of this age should be a sage.

15Humility is the stepping-stone to a higher recognition of Deity. The mounting sense gathers fresh forms and strange fire from the ashes of dissolving self, and drops

18the world. Meekness heightens immortal attributes only by removing the dust that dims them. Goodness reveals another scene and another self seemingly rolled

21up in shades, but brought to light by the evolutions of

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1advancing thought, whereby we discern the power of Truth and Love to heal the sick.

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