Lighted Candle

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We, Poppy and Kat, met at university and connected through our mutual love of music as a ladder for the soul. We sang together wherever we went, feeling an intense soufull joy through music, and over the three university years, put many Baha'i prayers to melody.

This album is an expression of those special times, and we hope that it will be a ladder for many souls! We are deeply greatful to our beloved husbands, Pablo and Kayvan, for the huge and essential role they have played in turning the album into a reality.

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released May 5, 2011

The Bird and the Butterfly are Poppy Villiers-Stuart, Kat Drake, Kayvan Walker and Pablo Perezzarate.

Produced by Pablo Perezzarate. Special thanks to Charlie Roscoe, Nadim Rohani and Bryony Villiers-Stuart.

Cover Art and Design by Constanze von Kitzing

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Track Name: Guide Me
O God, guide me, protect me, illumine the lamp of my heart.
And make me a brilliant star
Thou art the Mighty

And make me a brilliant star
Thou art the Powerful
Track Name: Morning Prayer
I have wakened in Thy shelter, O my God
and it becometh him that seeketh that shelter
to abide within the Sanctuary of Thy protection and the Stronghold
of Thy defense

Illumine my inner being, O my God, with the splendors of the Dayspring
of Thy Revelation
even as thou didst illumine my outer being with the morning light
of Thy favor
Track Name: Vouchsafe
Vouchsafe, O Best Beloved of the World, a ray of Thy Splendour

Yá ‘Alíyyu’l-‘Alá
Yá Bahá’u’l-Abhá,
Allah-u-Abhá
Yá ‘Alíyyu’l-‘Alá
Yá Bahá’u’l-Abhá,

These are Thy servants bowed down before Thine exalted Utterance
These are Thy loyal bondsmen and Thy handmaidens who responded to Thy Call

Hearts quivering with love they responded to Thy Call

Out of the deep pools of Thine abounding Grace
Make Thou this garden to flower

Out of the deep pools of Thine abounding Grace
Keep it ever green, ever shimmering and fair
Track Name: Lighted Candle
O Thou our Provider! Send down Thine aid
That each one gathered here may become a lighted candle

Till at last we make this nether world the mirror image of Thy Paradise.

‘Abdu’l-Bahá
Track Name: Passionately Wandering
O my God! O my God! This, Thy servant, hath advanced towards Thee
Is passionately wandering in the desert of Thy love

Anticipating Thy favors, hoping for Thy bounty, relying upon Thy kingdom
Intoxicated by the wine of Thy gift
Track Name: Light and Life
Glory be to Thee, O God, for Thy manifestation of love to mankind!
O Thou Who art our Life and Light, guide Thy servants in Thy way
And make us rich in Thee and free from all save thee.

Teach us Thy Oneness and give us a realization of Thy Unity
That we may see no one save Thee, O Thou art the merciful and the Giver of bounty!

O God, my God

Reveal to us, O God, Thine exalted eternity
That Thou hast ever been and will ever be

O Thou Who art our Life and Light, guide Thy servants in Thy way
And make us rich in Thee and free from all save thee.

O God, my God
My beloved
My heart's desire

O God create in the hearts of Thy beloved the fire of Thy Love
That it may consume the thought of everything save Thee

And there is no God save Thee
Verily, in Thee will we find comfort and strength.
Track Name: Hollow Reed
O God make me a hollow reed
From which the pith of self hath been blown

That I may become a clear channel
Though which Thy love may flow unto others
Track Name: Create in Me
Create in me a pure heart, O my God,
And renew a tranquil conscience within me, O my Hope

And let the breezes of Thine eternity gladden me, o Thou Who art my God
Let Thine everlasting melodies breathe tranquillity on me

O Thou Who art the most manifest of the manifest
And the most hidden of the hidden
Yá Bahá’u’l-Abhá!
Track Name: Threading Lights
Make Thou this marriage to be as threading lights
Make Thou this marriage to be as luminous rays of Thy bestowals

These two bright orbs are wedded in Thy love
United in ministering to Thy Cause

Verily Thou Art the Generous
Verily Thou Art the Almighty
Verily Thou Art the Compassionate
Track Name: May there be
May there be no resistance in me to lose myself in the oneness of all
May there be only yearning in me for You, my God, the unity of all
May there be only yearning for Thee, the Ancient Beauty, eternal in all

Let go, just let go
In the oneness of all
Track Name: Midnight prayer
O Lord, I have turned my face unto Thy kingdom of oneness
And am immersed in the sea of Thy mercy

O Lord, enlighten my sight by beholding Thy lights
In this dark night

And make me happy by the wine of Thy love
In this wonderful age

O Lord, make me hear Thy call, and open before my face
The doors of Thy heaven, so that I may see

The light of Thy glory
and become attracted to Thy beauty.

Verily, Thou art the Giver, the Generous,
the Merciful, the Forgiving.

‘Abdu’l-Bahá
Track Name: So in Love
Drifting on Your ocean of stars
I am immersed in Your light

Breathing in the fragrance of Your Love
I call on You to give me flight

I'm so in love, I'm so in love, I'm so in love with You
You dance at the heart of all I know

Dancing in your forest of dreams
I am entranced by Your mysteries

Chasing after sparkling sunbeams
Resting in shade of ancient trees

I'm so in love, I'm so in love, I'm so in love with You
You dance at the heart of all I know

O Bahá’u’lláh