Melodies of the Nightingale for the Family

by Elika Mahony

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"Melodies of the Nightingale for the Family", Elika Mahony's second CD is focused on the family, and includes prayers and meditations for parents, children, marriage, youth and expectant mothers.
While there are many ways in which to create loving and harmonious families, among the greatest aids in this process are prayer, meditation and the sense of spirituality that springs therefrom. It is our hope that the music on this CD, which was inspired by the sacred scriptures of the Bahá´í Faith, will be a means of bringing peace, joy and delight to families and homes everywhere.

This is a follow up to "Melodies of the Nightingale", produced in 1997, Elika's first CD With Fiona Doomun and Michele Brown, entitled on which they sing short, meditational passages from the Baha´i Writings.
Elika's CDs have been sold in 25 countries around the world.

It is her hope that the music on this CD, which was inspired by the sacred scriptures of the Baha'i Faith, will be a means of bringing peace, joy and delight to families everywhere.

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released June 1, 2001

All pieces composed, arranged and performed by Elika Mahony, except tracks 1 and 15 which were performed and arranged together with Cheng Lin and track 1 which was composed by J. B. Eckl. Guitar parts on tracks 3, 9, 11, 13, and 16 are performed by Paul Meredith.

Cover art by Huang Gang.

Words by Baha'u'llah,`Abdu'l-Bahá, and The Bab
All Lyrics:
elikamahony.com/melodies_nightingale/lyrics2.htm

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Track Name: Love Is Heaven's Kindly Light
Love is heaven’s kindly light, the Holy Spirit’s
eternal breath that vivifieth the human soul.
-‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Selections from the Writings of
‘Abdu’l-Bahá, page 27.
Track Name: Guide My Steps Aright
I adjure Thee by Thy might, O my God! Let no harm
beset me in times of tests, and in moments of
heedlessness guide my steps aright through Thine
inspiration. Thou art God, potent art Thou to do what
Thou desirest. No one can withstand Thy Will or
thwart Thy Purpose.
-The Báb, US Bahá’í Prayers, page 29.
Track Name: Blessed is the Spot
Blessed is the spot, and the house, and the place, and
the city, and the heart, and the mountain, and the
refuge, and the cave, and the valley, and the land,
and the sea, and the island, and the meadow where
mention of God hath been made, and His praise
glorified.
-Bahá’u’lláh, US Bahá’í Prayers, title page.
Track Name: I Desire Communion With Thee
O moving form of dust! I desire communion with thee,
but thou wouldst put no trust in Me. The sword of thy
rebellion hath felled the tree of thy hope. At all
times I am near unto thee, but thou art ever far from
Me. Imperishable glory I have chosen for thee, yet
boundless shame thou hast chosen for thyself. While
there is yet time, return, and lose not thy chance.
-Bahá’u’lláh, The Hidden Words, Persian #21.
Track Name: Prayer For Marriage
Glory be unto Thee, O my God! Verily, this Thy
servant and this Thy maidservant have gathered under
the shadow of Thy mercy and they are united through
Thy favor and generosity. O Lord! Assist them in
this Thy world and Thy kingdom and destine for them
every good through Thy bounty and grace. O Lord!
Confirm them in Thy servitude and assist them in Thy
service. Suffer them to become the signs of Thy Name
in Thy world and protect them through Thy bestowals
which are inexhaustible in this world and the world to
come. O Lord! They are supplicating the kingdom of
Thy mercifulness and invoking the realm of Thy
singleness. Verily, they are married in obedience to
Thy command. Cause them to become the signs of
harmony and unity until the end of time. Verily, Thou
art the Omnipotent, the Omnipresent and the Almighty!
-‘Abdu’l-Bahá, US Bahá’í Prayers, page 107.
Track Name: Prayer For Parents
It is seemly that the servant should, after each
prayer, supplicate God to bestow mercy and forgiveness
upon his parents. Thereupon God’s call will be
raised: ‘Thousand upon thousand of what thou hast
asked for thy parents shall be thy recompense!’
Blessed is he who remembereth his parents when
communing with God.
-The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb,
page 94.


Thou seest, O Lord, our suppliant hands lifted up
towards the heaven of Thy favor and bounty. Grant
that they may be filled with the treasures of Thy
munificence and bountiful favor. Forgive us, and our
fathers, and our mothers, and fulfil whatsoever we
have desired from the ocean of Thy grace and Divine
generosity. Accept, O Beloved of our hearts, all our
works in Thy path. Thou art, verily, the Most
Powerful, the Most Exalted, the Incomparable, the One,
the Forgiving, the Gracious.
-Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of
Bahá’u’lláh, pages 301-302.
Track Name: Prayer For Expectant Mothers
O my Lord, I dedicate that which is in my womb unto
Thee. Then cause it to be a praiseworthy child in Thy
Kingdom and a fortunate one by Thy favor and Thy
generosity; to develop and to grow up under the charge
of Thine education. Verily, Thou art the Gracious!
Verily, Thou art the Lord of Great Favor!
-‘Abdu’l-Bahá, US Bahá’í Prayers, pages 66-67.
Track Name: Rear This Little Babe
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, US Bahá’í Prayers, page 35.
Track Name: Plant This Tender Seedling
O Lord! Plant this tender seedling in the garden of
Thy manifold bounties, water it from the fountains of
Thy loving-kindness and grant that it may grow into a
goodly plant through the outpourings of Thy favour and
grace. Thou art the Mighty and the Powerful.
-‘Abdu’l-Bahá, A Selection of Bahá’í Prayers and
Holy Writings, page 19.
Track Name: O God, 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, US Bahá’í Prayers, page 37.
Track Name: O God Educate These Children
O God! Educate these children. These children are
the plants of Thine orchard, the flowers of Thy
meadow, the roses of Thy garden. Let Thy rain fall
upon them; let the Sun of Reality shine upon them with
Thy love. Let Thy breeze refresh them in order that
they may be trained, grow and develop, and appear in
the utmost beauty. Thou art the Giver. Thou art the
Compassionate.
-‘Abdu’l-Bahá, US Bahá’í Prayers, pages 35-36.

O Thou most glorious Lord! Make this little
maidservant of Thine blessed and happy; cause her to
be cherished at the threshold of Thy oneness and let
her drink deep from the cup of Thy love so that she
may be filled with rapture and ecstasy and diffuse
sweet-scented fragrance. Thou art the Mighty and the
Powerful, and Thou art the All-Knowing, the
All-Seeing.
-‘Abdu’l-Bahá, A Selection of Bahá’í Prayers and
Holy Writings, page 21.
Track Name: Make This Youth Radiant
O Lord! Make this youth radiant, and confer Thy
bounty upon this poor creature. Bestow upon him
knowledge, grant him added strength at the break of
every morn and guard him within the shelter of Thy
protection so that he may be freed from error, may
devote himself to the service of Thy Cause, may guide
the wayward, lead the hapless, free the captives and
awaken the heedless, that all may be blessed with Thy
remembrance and praise. Thou art the Mighty and the
Powerful.
-‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Bahá’í Prayers, page 39.
Track Name: I Have Risen This Morning
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, page 118.
Track Name: Rely Upon God
Rely upon God. Trust in Him. Praise Him, and call
Him continually to mind. He verily turneth trouble
into ease, and sorrow into solace, and toil into utter
peace. He verily hath dominion over all things.
-‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Selections from the Writings of
‘Abdu’l-Bahá, page 178.
Track Name: Be Thou Content With Me
(Chinese and English)
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.
Track Name: Shelter Of Thy Mercy
O my God, my Master, the Goal of my desire! This, Thy
servant, seeketh to sleep in the shelter of Thy mercy,
and to repose beneath the canopy of Thy grace,
imploring Thy care and Thy protection. I beg of Thee,
O my Lord, by Thine eye that sleepeth not, to guard
mine eyes from beholding aught beside Thee.
Strengthen, then, their vision that they may discern
Thy signs, and behold the Horizon of Thy Revelation.
Thou art He before the revelations of Whose
omnipotence the quintessence of power hath trembled.
No God is there but Thee, the Almighty, the
All-Subduing, the Unconditioned.
-Bahá’u’lláh, US Bahá’í Prayers, page 60.