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TITLESupplication To the Believers of God and the Maid-servants of the Merciful, Portland, Oregon: 1914 August 4
AUTHOR 1 Abdu'l-Bahá
TITLE_PARENTStar of the West
ABSTRACTText, and photograph of a small poster, of a translation of a one-paragraph Tablet.
NOTES There is no date on this document or translator listed. The poster below was found in a box in the Portland archives, and was probably printed for distribution in the community for an occasion. The letter was published in Star of the West, Vol. 5 #11 (Sept. 27, 1914), with the date for the tablet as August 4, 1914, Mount Carmel, Haifa, Syria, Asiatic Turkey. See this page in Star of the West.

See also Letter to the Portland Spiritual Assembly (1914-10) and Letter to the Believers in Portland, Oregon (1914-06).


1. Text (see image below)


To the Believers of God and the Maid-servants of the Merciful, Portland, Oregon.

Upon them be BAHA’O’LLAH-El-ABHA!


O Thou Heavenly Father!

Thou hast the hosts of the Kingdom and the spiritual angels. We, indigent souls are broken-winged birds: yet we yearn to soar toward the immensity of the Kingdom. We are thirsty fish; we seek the Sea of the Water of Life. We are the butterflies of the nether world; we long for the Lamp of the Realm on High. We are in the utmost weakness and feebleness; yet we are fighting against the armies of the world. Therefore, O Lord of Hosts! Confirm us so that the army of Light may become victorious and the legions of the darkness be defeated. Assist us in the service of the Kingdom and acquaint us with the Divine Mysteries. Rejoice us with the glad-tidings of the everlasting sovereignty and bestow upon us a portion and a share of the Life Eternal. Suffer the tongues to be unloosed and grant sight to the eyes; so that we may behold the world of the Kingdom and may praise with an eloquent speech Thy Beauty and Thy Perfection. Verily, Thou are the Bestower and the Kind!


2. Photograph of poster

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