Miscellaneous Writings, 1883-1896 Part 1/
Miscellaneous Writings, 1883-1896 Part 1
Miscellaneous Writings, 1883-1896.
by Mary Baker Eddy.
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A certain apothegm of a Talmudical philosopher 
suits my sense of doing good. It reads thus: "The n.o.blest charity is to prevent a man from accepting charity; and the best alms are to show and to enable a man to dispense with alms." 
In the early history of Christian Science, among my thousands of students few were wealthy. Now, Christian Scientists are not indigent; and their comfortable fortunes are acquired by healing mankind morally, physically, spiritually. The easel of time presents pictures-once 
fragmentary and faint-now rejuvenated by the touch of G.o.d's right hand. Where joy, sorrow, hope, disap- pointment, sigh, and smile commingled, now hope sits dove-like.
To preserve a long course of years still and uniform, 
amid the uniform darkness of storm and cloud and tempest, requires strength from above,-deep draughts from the fount of divine Love. Truly may it be said: There is an old age of the heart, and a youth that never grows old; a Love that is a boy, and a Psyche who is 
ever a girl. The fleeting freshness of youth, however, is not the evergreen of Soul; the coloring glory of
perpetual bloom; the spiritual glow and grandeur of 
a consecrated life wherein dwelleth peace, sacred and sincere in trial or in triumph.
The opportunity has at length offered itself for me to comply with an oft-repeated request; namely, to collect 
my miscellaneous writings published in _The Christian_ _Science Journal_, since April, 1883, and republish them in book form,-accessible as reference, and reliable as old landmarks. Owing to the manifold demands on my time in the early pioneer days, most of these articles 
were originally written in haste, without due preparation.
To those heretofore in print, a few articles are herein appended. To some articles are affixed data, where these are most requisite, to serve as mile-stones measuring the distance,-or the difference between then and now,- 
in the opinions of men and the progress of our Cause.
My signature has been slightly changed from my Christian name, Mary Morse Baker. Timidity in early years caused me, as an author, to a.s.sume various _noms_ _de plume_. After my first marriage, to Colonel Glover 
of Charleston, South Carolina, I dropped the name of Morse to retain my maiden name,-thinking that other- wise the name would be too long.
In 1894, I received from the Daughters of the American Revolution a certificate of membership made out to Mary 
Baker Eddy, and thereafter adopted that form of signature, except in connection with my published works.
The first edition of Science and Health having been 
copyrighted at the date of its issue, 1875, in my name of Glover, caused me to retain the initial "G" on my subsequent books.
These pages, although a reproduction of what has 
been written, are still in advance of their time; and are richly rewarded by what they have hitherto achieved for the race. While no offering can liquidate one's debt of grat.i.tude to G.o.d, the fervent heart and willing hand are not unknown to nor unrewarded by Him. 
May this volume be to the reader a graphic guide- book, pointing the path, dating the unseen, and enabling him to walk the untrodden in the hitherto unexplored fields of Science. At each recurring holiday the Christian Scientist will find herein a "canny" crumb; and thus 
may time's pastimes become footsteps to joys eternal.
Realism will at length be found to surpa.s.s imagination, and to suit and savor all literature. The shuttlec.o.c.k of religious intolerance will fall to the ground, if there be no battledores to fling it back and forth. It is reason for 
rejoicing that the _vox populi_ is inclined to grant us peace, together with pardon for the preliminary battles that purchased it.
With tender tread, thought sometimes walks in memory, through the dim corridors of years, on to old battle- 
grounds, there sadly to survey the fields of the slain and the enemy's losses. In compiling this work, I have tried
to remove the pioneer signs and ensigns of war, and to 
retain at this date the privileged armaments of peace.
With armor on, I continue the march, command and countermand; meantime interluding with loving thought this afterpiece of battle. Supported, cheered, I take my 
pen 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
CHAPTER I. INTRODUCTORY.
The ancient Greek looked longingly for the Olym- 
piad. 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- 
ens. 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 and foresaw the ordeal of a perfect Christianity, hated by sinners. 
To kindle all minds with a gleam of grat.i.tude, the new idea that comes welling up from infinite Truth needs to be understood. The seer of this age should be a sage.
Humility 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 the world. Meekness heightens immortal attributes only by removing the dust that dims them. Goodness reveals another scene and another self seemingly rolled 
up in shades, but brought to light by the evolutions of
advancing thought, whereby we discern the power of 
Truth and Love to heal the sick.
Pride is ignorance; those a.s.sume most who have the least wisdom or experience; and they steal from their neighbor, because they have so little of their own. 
The signs of these times portend a long and strong determination of mankind to cleave to the world, the flesh, and evil, causing great obscuration of Spirit.
When we remember that G.o.d is just, and admit the total depravity of mortals, _alias_ mortal mind,-and that