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Certain elements in human nature would undermine 12the civic, social, and religious rights and laws of nations and peoples, striking at liberty, human rights, and self-government — and this, too, in the name of God, justice, 15and humanity! These elements assail even the new-old doctrines of the prophets and of Jesus and his disciples. History shows that error repeats itself until it is extermi‐18nated. Surely the wisdom of our forefathers is not added but subtracted from whatever sways the sceptre of self and pelf over individuals, weak provinces, or peoples. Here 21our hope anchors in God who reigns, and justice and judg‐ment are the habitation of His throne forever.
Only last week I received a touching token of unselfed 24manhood from a person I never saw. But since publishing this page I have learned it was a private soldier who sent to me, in the name of a first lieutenant of the United States 27infantry in the Philippine Islands, ten five-dollar gold pieces snuggled in Pears’ soap. Surely it is enough for a soldier serving his country in that torrid zone to part with 30his soap, but to send me some of his hard-earned money 11 11:1cost me a tear! Yes, and it gave me more pleasure than millions of money could have given.
3 Beloved brethren, have no discord over music. Hold in yourselves the true sense of harmony, and this sense will harmonize, unify, and unself you. Once I was pas‐6sionately fond of material music, but jarring elements among musicians weaned me from this love and wedded me to spiritual music, the music of Soul. Thus it is with 9whatever turns mortals away from earth to heaven; we have the promise that “all things work together for good to them that love God,” — love good. The human sigh 12for peace and love is answered and compensated by divine love. Music is more than sound in unison. The deaf Beethoven besieges you with tones intricate, profound, 15commanding. Mozart rests you. To me his composition is the triumph of art, for he measures himself against deeper grief. I want not only quality, quantity, and vari‐18ation in tone, but the unction of Love. Music is divine. Mind, not matter, makes music; and if the divine tone be lacking, the human tone has no melody for me. Adelaide 21A. Proctor breathes my thought: — It flooded the crimson twilight Like the close of an angel’s psalm, 24And it lay on my fevered spirit With a touch of infinite calm.
In Revelation St. John refers to what “the Spirit saith 27unto the churches.” His allegories are the highest criticism on all human action, type, and system. His symbolic ethics bravely rebuke lawlessness. His types of purity 12 12:1pierce corruption beyond the power of the pen. They are bursting paraphrases projected from divinity upon human‐3ity, the spiritual import whereof “holdeth the seven stars in His right hand and walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks” — the radiance of glorified Being.
6 In Revelation, second chapter, his messages to the churches commence with the church of Ephesus. History records Ephesus as an illustrious city, the capital of Asia 9Minor. It especially flourished as an emporium in the time of the Roman Emperor Augustus. St. Paul’s life furnished items concerning this city. Corresponding to 12its roads, its gates, whence the Ephesian elders travelled to meet St. Paul, led northward and southward. At the head of the harbor was the temple of Diana, the tutelary divinity 15of Ephesus. The earlier temple was burned on the night that Alexander the Great was born. Magical arts pre‐vailed at Ephesus; hence the Revelator’s saying: “I 18have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love . . . and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.” This prophecy has been ful‐21filled. Under the influence of St. Paul’s preaching the magical books in that city were publicly burned. It were well if we had a St. Paul to purge our cities of charlatanism. 24During St. Paul’s stay in that city — over two years — he labored in the synagogue, in the school of Tyrannus, and also in private houses. The entire city is now in ruins.