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Chapter 12: Stepping westward 1901-1902; aet. 82-83

But here the device of the spiral can save us. We must make the round, but we may make it with an upward inclination. “Let there be light!” is sometimes said in accents so emphatic, that the universe remembers and cannot forget it. We carry our problems slowly forward. With all the ups and downs of every age, humanity constantly rises. Individuals may preserve all its early delusions, commit all its primitive crimes; but to the body of civilized mankind, the return to barbarism is impossible. J. W. H.

January 7. I have had a morning of visioning, lying in bed. ‘Be still and know that I am God,’ seemed to be my sentence. I thought of the Magdalen's box of spikenard, whose odor, when the box was broken, filled the house. The separate religious convictions of the sects seemed to me like so many boxes of ointment, exceedingly precious while shut up, but I thought also that the dear Lord would one day break these separate boxes, and that then their fragrance would fill the whole earth, which is His house.”

“This is my first writing in this book. From this thought and the ‘Be still,’ I may try to make two sermons.”

“In afternoon came William Wesselhoeft, Sr., and prescribed entire quiet and rest for some days to come. Oh! I do long to be at work.”

January 9. To-day for the first time since January 3, I have opened a Greek book. I read in my Aeschylus [” Eumenides “] how Apollo orders the Furies to leave ”

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