Mary Baker Eddy closed her autobiographical work, Retrospection and Introspection, with a poem that pretty well sums up her own lifelong aim and what she hoped students of Christian Science would strive for: Ask God to give thee skill In comfort’s art: That thou may’st consecrated be And set apart Unto a life of sympathy. For heavy is the weight of ill In every heart; And comforters are needed much Of Christlike touch.
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