Queen Victoria





O QUEEN in London! Incline thine ear unto the voice of thy Lord, the Lord

of all mankind, calling from the Divine Lote-Tree: Verily, no God is there

but Me, the Almighty, the All-Wise! Cast away all that is on earth, and

attire the head of thy kingdom with the crown of the remembrance of thy

Lord, the All-Glorious. He, in truth, hath come unto the world in His most

great glory, and all that hath been mentioned in the Gospel hath been

fulfilled. The land of Syria hath been honoured by the footsteps of its

Lord, the Lord of all men, and North and South are both inebriated with

the wine of His presence. Blessed is the man that inhaled the fragrance of

the Most Merciful, and turned unto the Dawning-Place of His Beauty, in

this resplendent Dawn. The Mosque of Aqsa vibrateth through the breezes of

its Lord, the All-Glorious whilst Batha (Mecca) trembleth at the voice of

God, the Exalted, the Most High. Whereupon every single stone of them

celebrateth the praise of the Lord, through this Great Name.



Lay aside thy desire, and set then thine heart towards thy Lord, the

Ancient of Days. We make mention of thee for the sake of God, and desire

that thy name may be exalted through thy remembrance of God, the Creator

of earth and heaven. He, verily, is witness unto that which I say. We have

been informed that thou hast forbidden the trading in slaves, both men and

women. This, verily, is what God hath enjoined in this wondrous

Revelation. God hath, truly, destined a reward for thee, because of this.

He, verily, will pay the doer of good his due recompense, wert thou to

follow what hath been sent unto thee by Him Who is the All-Knowing, the

All-Informed. As to him who turneth aside, and swelleth with pride, after

that the clear tokens have come unto him, from the Revealer of signs, his

work shall God bring to naught. He, in truth, hath power over all things.

Man's actions are acceptable after his having recognized (the

Manifestation). He that turneth aside from the True One is indeed the most

veiled amongst His creatures. Thus hath it been decreed by Him Who is the

Almighty, the Most Powerful.



We have also heard that thou hast entrusted the reins of counsel into the

hands of the representatives of the people. Thou, indeed, hast done well,

for thereby the foundations of the edifice of thine affairs will be

strengthened, and the hearts of all that are beneath thy shadow, whether

high or low, will be tranquillized. It behoveth them, however, to be

trustworthy among His servants, and to regard themselves as the

representatives of all that dwell on earth. This is what counselleth them,

in this Tablet, He Who is the Ruler, the All-Wise... Blessed is he that

entereth the assembly for the sake of God, and judgeth between men with

pure justice. He, indeed, is of the blissful....



Turn thou unto God and say: O my Sovereign Lord! I am but a vassal of

Thine, and Thou art, in truth, the King of Kings. I have lifted my

suppliant hands unto the heaven of Thy grace and Thy bounties. Send down,

then, upon me from the clouds of Thy generosity that which will rid me of

all save Thee, and draw me nigh unto Thyself. I beseech Thee, O my Lord,

by Thy name, which Thou hast made the king of names, and the manifestation

of Thyself to all who are in heaven and on earth, to rend asunder the

veils that have intervened between me and my recognition of the

Dawning-Place of Thy signs and the Day Spring of Thy Revelation. Thou art,

verily, the Almighty, the All-Powerful, the All-Bounteous. Deprive me not,

O my Lord, of the fragrances of the Robe of Thy mercy in Thy days, and

write down for me that which Thou hast written down for thy handmaidens

who have believed in Thee and in Thy signs, and have recognized Thee, and

set their hearts towards the horizon of Thy Cause. Thou art truly the Lord

of the worlds and of those who show mercy the Most Merciful. Assist me,

then, O my God, to remember Thee amongst Thy handmaidens, and to aid Thy

Cause in Thy lands. Accept, then, that which hath escaped me when the

light of Thy countenance shone forth. Thou, indeed, hast power over all

things. Glory be to Thee, O Thou in Whose hand is the kingdom of the

heavens and of the earth.





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