high!'; and whosoever Thou dost abase is made lower
than dust, nay, less than nothing. O Divine Providence!
Though wicked, sinful, and intemperate, we
still seek from Thee a `seat of truth,' and long to
behold the countenance of the Omnipotent King.
It is Thine to command, and all sovereignty belongeth
to Thee, and the realm of might boweth before Thy
behest. Everything Thou doest is pure justice, nay,
the very essence of grace. One gleam from the splendors
of Thy Name, the All-Merciful, sufficeth to
banish and blot out every trace of sinfulness from the
world, and a single breath from the breezes of the
Day of Thy Revelation is enough to adorn all mankind
with a fresh attire. Vouchsafe Thy strength,
O Almighty One, unto Thy weak creatures, and
quicken them who are as dead, that haply they may
find Thee, and may be led unto the ocean of Thy
guidance, and may remain steadfast in Thy Cause.
Should the fragrance of Thy praise be shed abroad
by any of the divers tongues of the world, out of
the East or out of the West, it would, verily, be prized
and greatly cherished. If such tongues, however, be
deprived of that fragrance, they assuredly would be
unworthy of any mention, in word or yet in thought.
We beg of Thee, O Providence, to show Thy way
unto all men, and to guide them aright. Thou art,
verily, the Almighty, the Most Powerful, the All-Knowing,
We beseech God to aid thee to be just and fair-minded,