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Abstract:
One poem.
Notes:
Extracted from Violette Nakhjavani's "A tribute to Amatu’l-Bahá Ruhiyyih Khanum."

This is Faith

by Ruhiyyih (Mary Maxwell) Khanum

1954
To walk where there is no path
To breathe where there is no air
To see where there is no light -
This is Faith.

To cry out in the silence,
The silence of the night,
And hearing no echo believe
And believe again and again -
This is Faith.

To hold pebbles and see jewels
To raise sticks and see forests
To smile with weeping eyes -
This is Faith.

To say: “God, I believe” when others deny,
“I hear” when there is no answer,
“I see” though naught is seen -
This is Faith.

And the fierce love in the heart,
The savage love that cries
Hidden Thou art yet there!
Veil Thy face and mute Thy tongue
Yet I see and hear Thee, Love,
Beat me down to the bare earth,
Yet I rise and love Thee, Love!
This is Faith.

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