Miscellaneous Writings (1883-1896) by Mary Baker Eddy
Books by Mary Baker Eddy

Preface
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Preface



   A certain apothegm of a Talmudical philosopher
suits my sense of doing good.  It reads thus: "The
noblest 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 God's right hand.  Where joy, sorrow, hope, disappointment,
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

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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 assume 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 otherwise
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.

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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
gratitude to God, the fervent heart and willing hand are
not unknown to nor unrewarded by Him.
   May this volume be to the reader a graphic guidebook,
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 surpass imagination,

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