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Beloved children, the world has need of you, — and more as children than as men and women: it needs your

6innocence, unselfishness, faithful affection, uncontami- nated lives. You need also to watch, and pray that you preserve these virtues unstained, and lose them not through

9contact with the world. What grander ambition is there than to maintain in yourselves what Jesus loved, and to know that your example, more than words, makes morals

12for mankind !

ADDRESS BEFORE THE ALUMNI

OF THE MASSACHUSETTS METAPHYSICAL COLLEGE, 1895

15My Beloved Students: — Weeks have passed into months, and months into years, since last we met; but time and space, when encompassed by divine presence,

18do not separate us. Our hearts have kept time together, and our hands have wrought steadfastly at the same object-lesson, while leagues have lain between us.

21We may well unite in thanksgiving for the continued progress and unprecedented prosperity of our Cause. It is already obvious that the world's acceptance and the

24momentum of Christian Science, increase rapidly as years glide on.

As Christian Scientists, you have dared the perilous de-

27fense of Truth, and have succeeded. You have learned how fleeting is that which men call great; and how per- manent that which God calls good.

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1You have proven that the greatest piety is scarcely sufficient to demonstrate what you have adopted and

3taught; that your work, well done, would dignify angels.

Faithfully, as meekly, you have toiled all night; and at break of day caught much. At times, your net has

6been so full that it broke: human pride, creeping into its meshes, extended it beyond safe expansion; then, losing hold of divine Love, you lost your fishes, and pos-

9sibly blamed others more than yourself. But those whom God makes "fishers of men" will not pull for the shore; like Peter, they launch into the depths, cast their nets

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