Christian Science textbook, large type edition, by Rolf
A. F. Witzsche
Science and Health with Key the Scriptures,
8 - - Footsteps of Truth
Disappointed in love in her early years, she became
insane and lost all account of time. Believing that she
was still living in the same hour which parted
her from her lover, taking no note of years,
she stood daily before the window watching for her
lover's coming. In this mental state she remained young.
Having no consciousness of time, she literally grew no
older. Some American travellers saw her when she was
seventy-four, and supposed her to be a young woman.
She had no care-lined face, no wrinkles nor gray hair, but
youth sat gently on cheek and brow. Asked to guess her
age, those unacquainted with her history conjectured that
she must be under twenty.
This instance of youth preserved furnishes a useful
hint, upon which a Franklin might work with more certainty
than when he coaxed the enamoured lightning
from the clouds. Years had not made her old, because
she had taken no cognizance of passing time nor thought
of herself as growing old. The bodily results of her belief
that she was young manifested the influence of such a
belief. She could not age while believing herself young, for
the mental state governed the physical.
Impossibilities never occur. One instance like the
foregoing proves it possible to be young at seventy-four;
and the primary of that illustration makes it plain that
decrepitude is not according to law, nor is it a necessity of
nature, but an illusion.
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