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Recite the Word, Vol. 1, seeks to provide families with uplifting music, and facilitate the memorization of sacred texts. Digital files are available on this site, while the physical CD can be purchased here: www.cdbaby.com/cd/recitetheword

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released April 21, 2013

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Track Name: Guide Me
“O God, guide me, protect me, make of me a shining lamp and a brilliant star. Thou art the Mighty and the Powerful.” (‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Bahá’í Prayers)
Track Name: Daily Protection Prayer
“I have risen this morning by Thy grace, O my God, and left my home trusting wholly in Thee, and committing myself to Thy care. Send down, then, upon me, out of the heaven of Thy mercy, a blessing from Thy side, and enable me to return home in safety even as Thou didst enable me to set out under Thy protection with my thoughts fixed steadfastly upon Thee. There is none other God but Thee, the One, the Incomparable, the All-Knowing, the All-Wise.” (Bahá’u'lláh, Bahá’í Prayers)
Track Name: Mystery of God
I want to be like ‘Abdu’l-Bahá (x3)
Like ‘Abdu’l-Bahá would be

I want to pray like ‘Abdu’l-Bahá (x3)
Like ‘Abdu’l-Bahá would pray

The Master, the Mystery of God
Perfect Exemplar
The Master, the Mystery of God
The Most Mighty Branch

I want to give like ‘Abdu’l-Bahá (x3)
Like ‘Abdu’l-Bahá would give

I want to teach like ‘Abdu’l-Bahá (x3)
Like ‘Abdu’l-Bahá would teach

The Master, the Mystery of God
Center of the Covenant
The Master, the Mystery of God
The Interpreter of the Word of God

I want to love like ‘Abdu’l-Bahá (x3)
Like ‘Abdu’l-Bahá would love

I want to be like ‘Abdu’l-Bahá (x3)
Like ‘Abdu’l-Bahá would be

(“The Master”, “Mystery of God”, “Most Mighty Branch”, “The interpreter of the Word of God”, “Center of the Covenant”, and “Perfect exemplar” are titles of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá. Search index for “titles” in Shoghi Effendi, God Passes By)
Track Name: Wholly Directed by Thee
Make me ready, in all circumstances
O my Lord, to serve Thee
And to set myself towards the adored sanctuary
Of Thy Revelation and of Thy Beauty

If it be Thy pleasure, make me to grow
As a tender herb in the meadows of Thy grace
That the gentle winds of Thy will may stir me up and bend me
Into conformity with Thy pleasure

In such wise that my movement and my stillness may be wholly directed by Thee [1]

Ordain that my choice be conformed to Thy choice
And my wish to Thy wish
That I may be entirely content
With that which Thou didst desire [2]

In such wise that my movement and my stillness may be wholly directed by Thee
That my movement and my stillness may be wholly directed by Thee (x2)

Make me ready, Lord, to serve Thee (x3)

[1] “Make me ready, in all circumstances, O my Lord, to serve Thee and to set myself towards the adored sanctuary of Thy Revelation and of Thy Beauty. If it be Thy pleasure, make me to grow as a tender herb in the meadows of Thy grace, that the gentle winds of Thy will may stir me up and bend me into conformity with Thy pleasure, in such wise that my movement and my stillness may be wholly directed by Thee.” (Bahá’u'lláh, Prayers and Meditations, CL)

[2] “…ordain that my choice be conformed to Thy choice and my wish to Thy wish, that I may be entirely content with that which Thou didst desire….” (Bahá’u'lláh, Prayers and Meditations, XXXVIII)
Track Name: (Intro) Be a Joy to the Sorrowful
“Be generous in prosperity, and thankful in adversity. Be worthy of the trust of thy neighbor, and look upon him with a bright and friendly face. Be a treasure to the poor, an admonisher to the rich, an answerer of the cry of the needy, a preserver of the sanctity of thy pledge. Be fair in thy judgment, and guarded in thy speech. Be unjust to no man, and show all meekness to all men. Be as a lamp unto them that walk in darkness, a joy to the sorrowful, a sea for the thirsty, a haven for the distressed, an upholder and defender of the victim of oppression. Let integrity and uprightness distinguish all thine acts. Be a home for the stranger, a balm to the suffering, a tower of strength for the fugitive. Be eyes to the blind, and a guiding light unto the feet of the erring.” (Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u'lláh, CXXX)
Track Name: Be a Joy to the Sorrowful
Be generous in prosperity
And thankful in adversity
Be generous in prosperity
Be a joy to the sorrowful

[chorus] Be a treasure to the poor
An upholder and defender of
The victim of oppression
Be a joy to the sorrowful
(x2)

Be as a lamp
Unto them that walk in darkness
Be a home for the stranger
Be a joy to the sorrowful

[repeat chorus] (x2)

Be unjust to no man
Show all meekness to all men
Be unjust to no man
Be a joy to the sorrowful

[repeat chorus]

(“Be generous in prosperity, and thankful in adversity”, “Be a joy to the sorrowful”, “Be a treasure to the poor”, “an upholder and defender of the victim of oppression”, “Be as a lamp unto them that walk in darkness”, “Be a home for the stranger”, “Be unjust to no man”, and “show all meekness to all men” are from a tablet of Bahá’u'lláh. Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u'lláh, CXXX)
Track Name: Thy Heart is My Home
“O SON OF BEING! Thy heart is My home; sanctify it for My descent. Thy spirit is My place of revelation; cleanse it for My manifestation.” (Bahá’u'lláh, The Hidden Words, Arabic #59)

“O SON OF MAN! The temple of being is My throne; cleanse it of all things, that there I may be established and there I may abide.” (Bahá’u'lláh, The Hidden Words, Arabic #58)
Track Name: Two Prayers for Infants
“O God! Rear this little babe in the bosom of Thy love, and give it milk from the breast of Thy Providence. Cultivate this fresh plant in the rose garden of Thy love and aid it to grow through the showers of Thy bounty. Make it a child of the kingdom, and lead it to Thy heavenly realm. Thou art powerful and kind, and Thou art the Bestower, the Generous, the Lord of surpassing bounty.” (‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Bahá’í Prayers)

“O Thou peerless Lord! Let this suckling babe be nursed from the breast of Thy loving-kindness, guard it within the cradle of Thy safety and protection and grant that it be reared in the arms of Thy tender affection.” (‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Bahá’í Prayers)
Track Name: Adversity
“O SON OF MAN! For everything there is a sign. The sign of love is fortitude under My decree and patience under My trials.” (Bahá’u'lláh, The Hidden Words, Arabic #48)

“O SON OF MAN! The true lover yearneth for tribulation even as doth the rebel for forgiveness and the sinful for mercy.” (Bahá’u'lláh, The Hidden Words, Arabic #49)

“O SON OF MAN! If adversity befall thee not in My path, how canst thou walk in the ways of them that are content with My pleasure? If trials afflict thee not in thy longing to meet Me, how wilt thou attain the light in thy love for My beauty?” (Bahá’u'lláh, The Hidden Words, Arabic #50)

“O SON OF MAN! My calamity is My providence, outwardly it is fire and vengeance, but inwardly it is light and mercy. Hasten thereunto that thou mayest become an eternal light and an immortal spirit. This is My command unto thee, do thou observe it.” (Bahá’u'lláh, The Hidden Words, Arabic #51)
Track Name: Enable Me to Grow
“O Lord! I am a child; enable me to grow beneath the shadow of Thy loving-kindness. I am a tender plant; cause me to be nurtured through the outpourings of the clouds of Thy bounty. I am a sapling of the garden of love; make me into a fruitful tree.

“Thou art the Mighty and the Powerful, and Thou art the All-Loving, the All-Knowing, the All-Seeing.” (‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Bahá’í Prayers)