Melodies of the Nightingale
Writings by Bahá'u'lláh set to Music
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1. Noble Have I Created Thee

O Son of Spirit!
Noble have I created thee,
yet thou hast abased thyself.
Rise then unto that for which thou wast created.

      -Bahá'u'lláh, The Hidden Words, Arabic #22
      -Music by Elika Mahony
      -Arranged by Fiona Doomun,
      Michele Brown and Elika Mahony


2. Remover of Difficulties

Is there any Remover of difficulties save God?
Say: Praised be God! He is God!
All are His servants and all abide by His bidding!

-The Báb, U.S. Bahá´í Prayerbook, page 28

      -Music by Elika Mahony
      -Arranged by Fiona Doomun and Elika Mahony


3. The Everlasting Beauty

O Friends! Abandon not the everlasting beauty
for a beauty that must die,
and set not your affections on this mortal world of dust.

      -Bahá'u'lláh, The Hidden Words, Persian #14

      -Music by Elika Mahony
      -Arranged by Michele Brown and Fiona Doomun


4. Create in Me a Pure Heart

Create in me a pure heart, O my God,
and renew a tranquil conscience within me, O my Hope!
Through the spirit of power confirm Thou me in Thy Cause,
O my Best-Beloved, and by the light of Thy glory reveal unto me
Thy path, O Thou the Goal of my desire! Through the power of Thy transcendent might lift me up unto the heaven of Thy holiness,
O Source of my being, and by the breezes of Thine eternity gladden me, O Thou Who art my God! Let Thine everlasting melodies breathe tranquillity on me, O my Companion, and let the riches of Thine ancient countenance deliver me from all except Thee, O my Master, and let the tidings of the revelation of Thine incorruptible Essence bring me joy, O Thou Who art the most manifest of the manifest
and the most hidden of the hidden!

-Bahá'u'lláh, U.S. Bahá´í Prayerbook, Pages 142-143

-Music and arrangement by Elika Mahony


5. My First Counsel

O Son of Spirit! My first counsel is this: Possess a pure, kindly and radiant heart, that thine may be a sovereignty ancient,
imperishable and everlasting.

-Bahá'u'lláh, The Hidden Words, Arabic #1

-Music by Elika Mahony
-Arranged by Fiona Doomun and Elika Mahony


6. Melody of the Dove of Heaven

O My Children! I fear lest, bereft of the melody of the dove
of heaven, ye will sink back to the shades of utter loss, and,
never having gazed upon the beauty of the rose,
return to water and clay.

-Bahá'u'lláh, The Hidden Words, Persian #13

-Music and arrangement by Michele Brown


7. Healing Prayer

Thy name is my healing, O my God,
and remembrance of Thee is my remedy.
Nearness to Thee is my hope, and love for Thee is my companion.
Thy mercy to me is my healing and my succor
in both this world and the world to come.
Thou, verily, art the All-Bountiful, the All-Knowing, the All-Wise.

-Bahá'u'lláh, Prayers, page 87
-Music by Michele Brown


8. Whither Can a Lover Go?

O Son of Justice!
Whither can a lover go but to the land of his beloved?
And what seeker findeth rest away from his heart's desire?
To the true lover reunion is life, and separation is death.
His breast is void of patience and his heart hath no peace.
A myriad lives he would forsake to hasten
to the abode of his beloved.

-Bahá'u'lláh, The Hidden Words, Persian #4

-Music by Elika Mahony
-Arranged by Elika Mahony and Michele Brown


9. Turn Thy Face Unto Mine

O Son Of Utterance!
Turn thy face unto Mine and renounce all save Me;
for My sovereignty endureth and My dominion perisheth not.
If thou seekest another than Me, yea, if thou searchest
the universe for evermore, thy quest will be in vain.

-Bahá'u'lláh, The Hidden Words, Arabic #15

-Music by Elika Mahony
-Arranged by Michele Brown and Elika Mahony


10. Light of Divine Guidance

O Lord, my God!
Assist Thy loved ones to be firm in Thy Faith,
to walk in Thy ways, to be steadfast in Thy Cause.
Give them Thy grace to withstand the onslaught of self and passion, to follow the light of Divine Guidance.
Thou art the Powerful,
the Gracious, the Self-Subsisting, the Bestower,
the Compassionate, the Almighty,
the All-Bountiful.

-`Abdu'l-Bahá, U.S. Bahá´í Prayerbook, page 167

-Music by Elika Mahony
-Arranged by Fiona Doomun and Elika Mahony


11. Be Thou Content With Me

O Son of Man!
Be thou content with Me and seek no other helper.
For none but Me can ever suffice thee.

-Bahá'u'lláh, The Hidden Words, Arabic #17

-Music by Elika Mahony
-Arranged by Fiona Doomun, Michele Brown and Elika Mahony


12. Rejoice in the Gladness
of Thine Heart


O Son of Man!
Sorrow not save that thou art far from Us.
Rejoice not save that thou art drawing near and returning unto Us.
O Son of Man!
Rejoice in the gladness of thine heart, that thou mayest be worthy
to meet Me and to mirror forth My beauty.

-Bahá'u'lláh, The Hidden Words, Arabic #35 and #36

-Music by Elika Mahony
-Arranged by Fiona Doomun and Elika Mahony


13. Seize Thy Chance

O My Servant!
Free thyself from the fetters of this world,
and loose thy soul from the prison of self.
Seize thy chance, for it will come to thee no more.

-Bahá'u'lláh, The Hidden Words, Persian #40

-Music by Elika Mahony
-Arranged by Fiona Doomun and Elika Mahony


14. Unity Prayer

O my God! O my God!
Unite the hearts of Thy servants, and reveal to them
Thy great purpose. May they follow Thy commandments
and abide in Thy law. Help them, O God, in their endeavor,
and grant them strength to serve Thee.
O God! Leave them not to themselves,
but guide their steps by the light of Thy knowledge,
and cheer their hearts by Thy love.
Verily, Thou art their Helper and their Lord.

-Bahá'u'lláh, Bahá´í Prayers, page 204

-Music by Elika Mahony
-Arranged by Fiona Doomun and Elika Mahony


15. Messenger of Joy

O Son of the Supreme!
I have made death a messenger of joy to thee.
Wherefore dost thou grieve? I made the light to shed on thee its splendor.
Why dost thou veil thyself therefrom?

-Bahá'u'lláh, The Hidden Words, Arabic #32

-Music by Fiona Doomun
-Arranged by Fiona Doomun, Michele Brown and Elika Mahony