that haply His servants may attain unto their hearts'
Desire, and set their faces towards their Beloved.
Troubles, such as no eye hath beheld, have touched
this Wronged One. In proclaiming His Cause, He,
in no wise, hesitated. Addressing Himself unto the
kings and rulers of the earth--may God, exalted be
He, assist them--He imparted unto them that which
is the cause of the well-being, the unity, the harmony,
and the reconstruction of the world, and of the
tranquillity of the nations. Among them was Napoleon III,
who is reported to have made a certain statement,
as a result of which We sent him Our Tablet
while in Adrianople. To this, however, he did not
reply. After Our arrival in the Most Great Prison
there reached Us a letter from his Minister, the first
part of which was in Persian, and the latter in his
own handwriting. In it he was cordial, and wrote
the following: "I have, as requested by you, delivered
your letter, and until now have received no answer.
We have, however, issued the necessary recommendations
to our Minister in Constantinople and our
consuls in those regions. If there be anything you
wish done, inform us, and we will carry it out."
From his words it became apparent that he understood
the purpose of this Servant to have been a
request for material assistance. We, therefore, revealed
in his (Napoleon III's) name verses in the
Súratu'l-Haykal, some of which We now quote, that
thou mayest know that the Cause of this Wronged