'Abdu'l-Bahá (pronounced ab-dole-ba-haw) is the eldest son of Bahá'u'lláh. He was appointed by Bahá'u'lláh to be the Head of the Bahá'í Faith after His passing. 'Abdu'l-Bahá is the perfect example of how to be a Bahá'i. He also is the authorized Interpreter of the Writings of Bahá'u'lláh. His own writings explain the Bahá'í Teachings and as such help to clarify what it means to be a Bahá'í.
Songs on this site that use the text from the Writings of 'Abdu'l-Bahá are as follows:
- Foundations of Bahá'í Belief:
- is a series of songs that sets out to describe fundamental Bahá'í beliefs. A complete 'album' of the mp3 versions of these songs is found in the 'COMPILATIONS' section of this website. The songs with text by 'Abdu'l-Bahá are:
- The Foundation; an excerpt from the Will and Testament of 'Abdu'l-Bahá, quoted in the World Order Of Bahá'u'lláh
- Turn First To Bahá'u'lláh
- That God May Be Known
- O God! Sanctify Me; a prayer
- Let Us Put Aside All Thoughts Of Self
- When Delivering The Glad Tidings
- Unto The Most Holy Book Every One Must Turn
- A Prayer For Canada
- Other songs in the printed volume of "Foundations" are "All Forgiveness Floweth In This Day From God", That Which The Lord Hath Ordained", both with text by Bahá'u'lláh, and three songs by John, "A Love Song For Chastity", "That's How I Want To Live, and "Things That Matter". The last song quotes extensively from the writings of Bahá'u'lláh and uses pentatonic melodies. These last songs are found for download in other sections of this web site.
Other songs with Selections From The Writings of 'Abdu'l-Bahá are:
- O My Lord, My Beloved, My Desire;
a prayer, from John's musical play 'Certitude'. Soprano solo.
- O Holy Lord; a long section of a long prayer near the beginning of Selections From The Writings of 'Abdu'l-Bahá. SATB with Soprano solo .
By The Dawning; a companion piece to O Holy Lord. It makes use of whole tone scales. SATB
- Seven Candles of Unity; SATB
- The Holy City SATB
- Take Counsel Together SA from the musical Certitude.
- Aid Thou Thy Trusted Servants. Unison