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'Christianity will never be based ...'

Christianity will never be based on a divine Principle and so found to be unerring, until its absolute Science is reached. When this is accomplished, neither pride, prejudice, bigotry, nor envy can wash away its foundation, for it is built upon the rock, Christ.

'My work is reflected light ...'

My work is reflected light,—a drop from His ocean of love, from the underived glory, the divine Esse. —Mary Baker Eddy,  The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany, p.

'Be Thou, O God, exalted high ...'

Be Thou, O God, exalted high; And as Thy glory fills the sky, So let it be on earth displayed, Till Thou art here and now obeyed. —Tate and Brady, Christian Science Hymnal, No.

'A radiant sunset ...'

A radiant sunset, beautiful as blessings when they take their flight, dilates and kindles into rest. Thus will a life corrected illumine its own atmosphere with spiritual glow and understanding.

'His mighty purpose ripens fast ...'

His mighty purpose ripens fast,    Unfolding every hour; The bud may have a bitter taste,    But sweet will be the flower. —William Cowper, adapt.

Lift up thy light, O man, arise and shine,    Steadfast while loud the storms of life assail; Immortal ray of that great Light divine,    ’Gainst whose all-power no tempest shall prevail. —Celia Thaxter, Christian Science Hymnal, No.

'Through divine Science, Spirit, God, unites ...'

Through divine Science, Spirit, God, unites understanding to eternal harmony. The calm and exalted thought or spiritual apprehension is at peace.

'Peace, that speaks the heavenly Giver'

Peace, that speaks the heavenly Giver;    Peace, to worldly minds unknown; Peace, that floweth as a river    From th’ eternal source alone.   —Charles Wesley, Christian Science Hymnal, No.

'Hath not thy heart within thee burned ...'

Hath not thy heart within thee burned At evening’s calm and holy hour, As if its inmost depths discerned The presence of a loftier power? —Stephen G. Bulfinch, Christian Science Hymnal, No.

If God be for us, who can be against us?

“If God be for us, who can be against us?” If He be with us, the wayside is a sanctuary, and the desert a resting-place peopled with living witnesses of the fact that “God is Love. ” —Mary Baker Eddy, Miscellaneous Writings 1883–1896, p.