O people of Constantinople! Lo, from your midst
We hear the baleful hooting of the owl. Hath the
drunkenness of passion laid hold upon you, or is it that
ye are sunk in heedlessness? O Spot that art situate on
the shores of the two seas! The throne of tyranny hath,
verily, been established upon thee, and the flame of
hatred hath been kindled within thy bosom, in such
wise that the Concourse on high and they who circle
around the Exalted Throne have wailed and lamented.
We behold in thee the foolish ruling over the wise, and
darkness vaunting itself against the light. Thou art
indeed filled with manifest pride. Hath thine outward
splendour made thee vainglorious? By Him Who is the
Lord of mankind! It shall soon perish, and thy
daughters and thy widows and all the kindreds that
dwell within thee shall lament. Thus informeth thee
the All-Knowing, the All-Wise.
O banks of the Rhine! We have seen you covered
with gore, inasmuch as the swords of retribution were
drawn against you; and you shall have another turn.
And We hear the lamentations of Berlin, though she be
today in conspicuous glory.
Let nothing grieve thee, O Land of &Ta,(&Tihran) for God
hath chosen thee to be the source of the joy of all
mankind. He shall, if it be His Will, bless thy throne
with one who will rule with justice, who will gather
together the flock of God which the wolves have
scattered. Such a ruler will, with joy and gladness, turn
his face towards, and extend his favours unto, the
people of &Baha. He indeed is accounted in the sight of
God as a jewel among men. Upon him rest forever the
glory of God and the glory of all that dwell in the
kingdom of His revelation.
Rejoice with great joy, for God hath made thee
"the Dayspring of His light", inasmuch as within thee
was born the Manifestation of His Glory. Be thou glad
for this name that hath been conferred upon thee--a
name through which the Day-Star of grace hath shed its
splendour, through which both earth and heaven have
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