Inalienable rights

God has endowed man with inalienable rights, among which are self-government, reason,and conscience.
—Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health
with Key to the Scriptures, p. 106

In the beginning
was dominion,
no human opinion
in Spirit’s realm. 

This self-government—
heavenly judgment—
is Truth’s dis-cover-ment  
to its dear child. 

So every season
reveals Mind’s reason,
a well-spring artesian
watering thought. 

Thus shines forth man’s conscience
under Love’s sweet guidance
and its correspondence
to God’s faithful Word. 

Devon Burr

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