Free Thyself From The Fetters Of This World

by The Hidden Words

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released December 3, 2011

Recorded and mixed by Radwan Moumneh at Hotel 2 Tango in July and August of 2010.
Additional recording by Mark Lawson at La Petite Église.
Mastered by Harris Newman at Greymarket Studios.

Alden Penner ~ voice, guitar, bass guitar, organ, vibraphone, piano, electric guitar, resonator mandolin, percussion, clapping
Jamie Thompson ~ suitcase drums, percussion and clapping
Marie-Claire Saindon ~ violin, voice and clapping
Nathan Gage ~ upright bass and tuba
James Farr, Eric Farr, Simon Honeyman ~ clapping and singing
Neah Kelly and Munirih Campbell ~ clapping
Rachel Tremblay ~ voice

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Cover drawing by Lorraine Pritchard



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Track Name: Paradise Of The Placeless
Be not content with the ease of a passing day, and deprive not thyself of everlasting rest. Barter not the garden of eternal delight for the dust-heap of a mortal world. Up from thy prison ascend unto the glorious meads above, and from thy mortal cage wing thy flight unto the paradise of the Placeless.
#39 of the Persian Hidden Words of Bahá'u'lláh
Track Name: Belleza
¡Oh mi Señor! Haz de tu belleza mi alimento y de tu presencia mi bebida; de tu agrado mi esperanza y de tu alabanza mi acción; de tu recuerdo mi compañero y del poder de tu soberanía mi socorro; de tu morada mi hogar y de mi vivienda la sede que Tú has santificado de las limitaciones impuestas a quienes están separados de Ti como por un velo.
Tú eres verdaderamente el Todopoderoso, el Todo Glorioso, el Omnipotente.

O my Lord! Make Thy beauty to be my food, and Thy presence my drink, and Thy pleasure my hope, and praise of Thee my action, and remembrance of Thee my companion, and the power of Thy sovereignty my succorer, and Thy habitation my home, and my dwelling-place the seat Thou hast sanctified from the limitations imposed upon them who are shut out as by a veil from Thee.

Thou art, verily, the Almighty, the All-Glorious, the Most Powerful.
Track Name: Dis
Dis: Dieu est le Seigneur, et tous en sont les adorateurs.
Dis: Dieu est le seul vrai et tous lui rendent hommage.
Voici Dieu, votre Seigneur, et vers lui vous retournerez.
Y a-t-il quelque doute à son sujet? Il vous a créés ainsi que toutes choses. Le Seigneur des tous les mondes, c'est lui.

(Le Báb, Sélections des Écrits du Báb, p.141)
Track Name: Myriads Of Mystic Tongues
O ESSENCE OF NEGLIGENCE! Myriads of mystic tongues find utterance in one speech, and myriads of hidden mysteries are revealed in a single melody; yet, alas, there is no ear to hear, nor heart to understand.

#16 from the Persian Hidden Words of Bahá'u'lláh
Track Name: O Fleeting Shadow
O FLEETING SHADOW! Pass beyond the baser stages of doubt and rise to the exalted heights of certainty. Open the eye of truth, that thou mayest behold the veilless Beauty and exclaim: Hallowed be the Lord, the most excellent of all creators!

#9 from the Persian Hidden Words of Bahá'u'lláh
Track Name: Temple
Je suis le Temple mystique édifié par la main de la toute-puissance. Je suis la Lampe que le doigt de Dieu a allumée dans sa niche et a fait briller d'une splendeur éternelle. Je suis la Flamme de cette céleste lumière qui scintilla sur le Sinaï à l'endroit bienheureux, et qui demeura cachée au milieu du Buisson ardent.

(Le Báb, Sélections des Écrits du Báb, p. 67.)

I am the Mystic Fane which the Hand of Omnipotence hath reared. I am the Lamp which the Finger of God hath lit within its niche and caused to shine with deathless splendour. I am the Flame of that supernal Light that glowed upon Sinai in the gladsome Spot, and lay concealed in the midst of the Burning Bush.

(The Báb, Selections from the Writings of the Báb, p. 74)
Track Name: Free Thyself From The Fetters Of This World
O MY SERVANT! Free thyself from the fetters of this world, and loose thy soul from the prison of self. Seize thy chance, for it will come to thee no more.

#40 from the Persian Hidden Words of Bahá'u'lláh
Track Name: My Calamity
O SON OF MAN! My calamity is My providence, outwardly it is fire and vengeance, but inwardly it is light and mercy. Hasten thereunto that thou mayest become an eternal light and an immortal spirit. This is My command unto thee, do thou observe it.

#51 from the Arabic Hidden Words of Bahá'u'lláh
Track Name: Clay Of Love
O SON OF SPIRIT! I created thee rich, why dost thou bring thyself down to poverty? Noble I made thee, wherewith dost thou abase thyself? Out of the essence of knowledge I gave thee being, why seekest thou enlightenment from anyone beside Me? Out of the clay of love I molded thee, how dost thou busy thyself with another? Turn thy sight unto thyself, that thou mayest find Me standing within thee, mighty, powerful and self-subsisting.

#13 from the Arabic Hidden Words of Bahá'u'lláh
Track Name: Unity Prayer
O my God! O my God! Unite the hearts of Thy servants and reveal to them Thy great purpose. May they follow Thy commandments and abide in Thy law. Help them, O God, in their endeavor, and grant them strength to serve Thee. O God! leave them not to themselves, but guide their steps by the light of knowledge, and cheer their hearts by Thy love. Verily, Thou art their Helper and their Lord.