1897

 

  
      
Christ and Christmas

 by Mary Baker Eddy

Part 1 - The poem

     

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Christ and Christmas, a poem at the crossroads of civilization.




Christ and Christmas is an illustrated poem by Mary Baker Eddy, the discoverer and founder of Christian Science, published in book-form in 1897 with the illustrations provided for it as paintings produced by the artist, James F. Gilman.



Star of Bethlehem

1. Fast circling on, from zone to zone,--
Bright, blest, afar,--
O'er the grim night of chaos shone
One lone, brave star.

O'er the grim night of chaos shone
One lone, brave star.





Christ Healing


  In tender mercy, Spirit sped
A loyal ray
To rouse the living, wake the dead,
And point the Way--

The Christ-idea, God anoints--
Of Truth and Life;
The Way in Science He appoints,
That stills all strife.

The Way in Science He appoints,
That stills all strife.





Seeking and Finding

What the Beloved knew and taught,
Science repeats,
Through understanding, dearly sought,
With fierce heart-beats;

Through understanding, dearly sought,
With fierce heart-beats;





Christmas Eve

Thus Christ, eternal and divine,
To celebrate
As Truth demands,--this living Vine
Ye demonstrate.

For heaven's Christus, earthly Eves,
By Adam bid,
Make merriment on Christmas eves,
O'er babe and crib.

Make merriment on Christmas eves,
O'er babe and crib.




Christmas Morn

Yet wherefore signalize the birth
Of him ne'er born?
What can rehearse the glorious worth
Of his high morn?

What can rehearse the glorious worth
Of his high morn?




Christian Science Healing

Christ was not crucified--that doom
Was Jesus' part;
For Sharon's rose must bud and bloom
In human heart.

For Sharon's rose must bud and bloom
In human heart.





I thank thee O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because Thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes. - Christ Jesus

Thus olden faith's pale star now blends
In seven-hued white!
Life, without birth and without end,
Emitting light!

Life, without birth and without end,
Emitting light!




Treading the Sick

The Way, the Truth, the Life--His word--
Are here, and now
Christ's silent healing, heaven heard,
Crowns the pale brow.

Christ's silent healing, heaven heard,
Crowns the pale brow.




Christian Unity

For Christian Science brings to view
The great I Am,--
Omniscient power,--gleaming through
Mind, mother, man.

As in blest Palestina's hour,
So in our age,
'T is the same hand unfolds His power,
And writes the page.

'T is the same hand unfolds His power,
And writes the page.




Truth versus Error

To-day, as oft, away from sin
Christ summons thee!
Truth pleads to-night: Just take Me in!
No mass for Me!

Truth pleads to-night: Just take Me in!
No mass for Me!




The Way

No blight, no broken wing, no moan,
Truth's fane can dim;
Eternal swells Christ's music-tone,
In heaven's hymn.

Eternal swells Christ's music-tone,
In heaven's hymn.




The Morning Star

And he that overcometh, and keepeth my
works unto the end, to him will I give
power over the nations:
And I will give him the MORNING STAR.
--Christ Jesus.

And I will give him the MORNING STAR.
The seven pointed star is the Morning Star

 


 

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