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O Be Joyful- Soyons heureux! A Baha'i Songbook
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Announcing the wonderful new songbook compiled from Bahá'í composers and musicians around the world, including songs in English, French, Arabic, with a few songs in Persian, Spanish, Haitian Creole, and Portugese.

Adapted from compiler Ruth Vander Stelt's Introduction:

"Words cannot express the joy I have had compiling the first edition of this songbook. From children's classes, to Feasts, to other Bahá'í gatherings, to e-mail and the Internet, I have been compiling songs that resonate with the depths and the nuances of the Bahá'í writings and teachings. This endeavour to systematize part of the arts for distribution to the larger community has been the unfolding and blossoming of one of the most beautiful flowers we could possibly offer to the present Bahá'í world.

Composers and contributors around the world have happily given their permission to use and distribute their work for the availability of all those desirous of kindling their souls with the sweetness of their melodies.

Users of this book will note that songs and chants were chosen above all for their accessibility, or " learnability ". Indeed, the primary goal of this collection is to provide a resource for individual and group singing, at children's classes, Feasts, or other gatherings. Other inclusion criteria were length of song, as well as availability of permission. The songs included have been approved in their present version by their composer, insofar as the composers and their whereabouts are known. Every effort has been made in this regard; however, it has not always been possible. As concerns language, this first edition is a roughly proportional reflection of the linguistic diversity of Canada.

The guitar chords have been adjusted for ease of play, with a capo being used on the more difficult-to-play keys. The more experienced player may prefer to play the songs in their original key, written in simple letters without the fret board indication, to the right of the capoed chord. Bass chords (ex. A/E, where A is the chord played, and E is the bass chord), are not obligatory.

Work has already begun on the second edition of this book. Songwriters and contributors from around the world are invited to participate in the elaboration of the second publication. Entries should include identification of composer, his/her coordinates, source of text, year of composition, melody line (or full score where available), guitar chords, words, permission to publish and distribute the song, as well as an audio reference, where this is available. Especially welcome for the second edition are songs about the early history of the Faith, about its principles and symbols, as well as occasional songs, for example, about Holy Days or specific Feasts. For composers-in-the-bud, i.e. anyone who has ever hummed, whistled, or sang a tune, please record yourself, even if it's in the simplest of ways, and ask a friend with some basic musical theory to write it out for you. Remember that a large number of songs in the present edition had never been written until now. Unwritten, and over time, many wonderful songs have and will fade away. All songs submitted will be considered for publication.

Comments and corrections, as well as any information on the composers of the few songs I have not been able to identify, are also most welcome, and can be made through the Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of Gatineau, C.P. 79033, Galeries de Hull, Gatineau, Québec, J8Y 6V2 or sent care of White Mountain Publications for forwarding.

Those who purchase this book are invited to use it to its fullest. They are not, however, invited to photocopy any part of it. With all profit going to the Lifeblood of the Cause, they may be assured that the fruits of their labour, both in contributing to the Fund, as well as in using the songbook, will be plentiful. In the words of 'Abdu'l-Bahá, "Work, work with all your strength, spread the cause of the kingdom."

Yá Bahá'u'l Abhá!

Ruth Vander Stelt, M.D.

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192 Pages, laminated softcover. with special lay-flat binding

ISBN: 1-894747-04-6 | $24.95 CDN | Order from Bahá'í Distribution-Canada .


Table of Contents

7    Introduction

9    A Place in the Choir [English] Text and Music by Bill Staines

11   Aie le coeur pur [French] Arabic Hidden Words 1 and 58; Music by Chantal Daigle

14   Alláh'u'Abhá - 95 times [Arabic] from the Kitáb-i-Aqdas; Music by Josée Cardinal

15   Alláh'u'Abhá (French) from the Kitáb-i-Aqdas; Music by Suzanne Hébert

17   Alláh'u'Abhá, My Name is... (Mon nom est...) [English and French versions] from the Kitáb-i-Aqdas, additional words and music by Josée Cardinal

19   Alláhumma Yá Subbúh, Yá Quddus [Arabic] from the Báb, Bahá'u'lláh; Music by Bijan Khadem-Missagh

21   Animals [English] Text and Music by Wiley Rinaldi

23   Ayyám-i-Há [English] Text and Music by Joyce and Danny Deardorff

25   Bahá'í Lullaby [English] Text and Music by Jim Styan

27   Bahá'ís We Are [English] Text and Music by Ariel Barkley

29   Be on Fire with the Love of the Kingdom [English] Text and Rythm by Alfred Côté

30   Béni est le lieu [French] Text by Bahá'u'lláh; Music by Suzanne Hébert

32   Blessed is the Spot [English] Text Bahá'u'lláh; Music by Elizabeth Hahn

34   Blessing and Peace [English] Text-excerpt from the Medium Obligatory Prayer, Bahá'u'lláh; Music by Ruth Vander Stelt

35   Brand New Words [English] Text and Music by Dick Grover (new Era Bahá'í School India in the 1970s)

36   Build a New House [English] Text and Music by Dick Grover

38   Children of God (La foi bahá'íe) [English and French] Arrangement by Ruth Vander Stelt

39   Close One Eye [English] Persian Hidden Word 12, Bahá'u'lláh; Arrangement by Ruth Vander Stelt

40   Courtesy [English] Text and Music by Nancy Ward

42   Dis: Dieu suffit à tout [French] Text from the Báb; Music by Tom Price

43   Dis la vérité {French} Bahá'u'lláh; Music by Chantal Daigle

45   Fermer un oeil [French] Text Persian Hidden Words 12; Arrangement by Ruth Vander Stelt

46   First Thing [English] Text and Music by Jim Styan

50   Friendship [English] Text by 'Abdu'l-Bahá; Music by Tim Urbonya

52   Garden of God [English] Text and Music by Marg Raynor

54   God is One [English] Text and Music by margaret Jane King

56   God is Sufficient Unto Me [English and French] Text by Bahá'u'lláh

57   Good Neighbours Come in all Colours [English] text and Music by Dick Grover

59   Harmony (Harmonie) [English and French] Text and Music by Ariel Barkley

60   Head to Toe [English] Music by Alfred Côté

62   He Who Puts His Trust in God [English] Text by the Báb; Music by Anis Mangenda

63   Hidden Word No. 1 (Arabic) [English] Text by Bahá'u'lláh; Music by Ariel Barkley

64   Hidden Word No. 4 (Arabic) [English] Text by Bahá'u'lláh; Music by Ariel Barkley

65   Hidden Word No. 5 (Arabic) [Arabic] English] Text by Bahá'u'lláh; Music by Ruth Vander Stelt

66   Hidden Word No. 22 (Arabic) [English] Text by Bahá'u'lláh; Music by Ariel Barkley

67   Hidden Word No. 36 (Arabic) [English] Text by Bahá'u'lláh; Music by Ruth Vander Stelt

68   Hidden Word No. 55 (Arabic) [English] Text by Bahá'u'lláh; Music by Ruth Vander Stelt

69   Hidden Word No. 5 (Persian) [English] Text by Bahá'u'lláh; Music by Ruth Vander Stelt

70   Hidden Word No. 81 (Persian) [English] Text by Bahá'u'lláh; Music by Ruth Vander Stelt

72   Hollow Reed Text-unauthenticated prayer; Music by Alfred Côté

74   I Think You're Wonderful [English] Text and Music by Red and Kathy Grammer

77   If an Animal be Sick [English] Text by 'Abdu'l-Bahá; Music by Tim Urbonya

79   I Have Found Bahá'u'lláh [English] Text and Music by Miss Nosisana Velem [French paraphrase by Ruth Vander Stelt]

80   Inondez du soleil [French] Text Bahá'u'lláh and 'Abdu'l-Bahá; Music by Chantal Daigle

83   Is There Any Remover of Difficulties? [English] Prayer by the Báb; Music by Tom Price

84   King of Kings (Le Roi des rois) [English] Text and Music source unknown

85   L'administration bahá'íe [French] Text and Music by Ruth Vander Stelt

87   La chanson des prophètes [French] Text and Music by Jack Lenz, Suzanne Hébert

89   La courte prière de guérison [French] Text Bahá'u'lláh; Music by Ruth Vander Stelt

91   La grande prière de guérison [French]

94   Let Thy Breeze Refresh Them [English] Text by 'Abdu'l-Bahá; Music by Laura Rowe, arrangement by Jim Styan

97   Look at Me, Follow Me (Regarde-moi, suis ma voie...) Text and Music by Jackie Elliott and Tom Price

101    Mon nom ŕ moi [French] Text by 'Abdu'l-Bahá; Music and arrangement by Patrick Arnaud

103   Morning Prayer [English] Text by Bahá'u'lláh; Music by Jack Lenz

105   O Be Joyful! [English] Text and music source unknown; Arrangement by Ruth Vander Stelt

106   Ô Dieu! Guide-moi [French] Text by 'Abdu'l-Bahá; Music by Suzanne Hébert

107   Ô Dieu, pare ma tête [French] Text by Bahá'u'lláh; Music-Greensleeves medieval melody; Arrangement by Julie Goudreau

109   O Dios Guia Me [Spanish] Text by 'Abdu'l-Bahá; music source unknown

110   O God, Educate These Children [English] Text by 'Abdu'l-Bahá; Music by Danny Deardorff

112   O God, Guide Me [English]Text by 'Abdu'l-Bahá; Music by Jack Lenz

113   Ô mon Seigneur [French] Text by 'Abdu'l-Bahá; Music-traditional middle-Eastern melody, Arrangement by Josée Cardinal

116   Parole cachée n°. 5 (en arabe) [French] Text by Bahá'u'lláh; Music by Chantal Daigle

118   Parole cachée n°. 55 (en arabe) [French] Text by Bahá'u'lláh; Music by Ruth Vander Stelt

119   Peace is Calling [English]Text and Music by Ariel Barkley

120   Prayer for the Dead [English] Text by Bahá'u'lláh; Music by Ruth Vander Stelt

122   Que ta vie soit pure [French] Text by Bahá'u'lláh; Music by Chantal Daigle

124   Que voulez-vous ?[French] Text by Alfred Côté; Music source traditional Québécois folk song

125   Qui hormis Dieu? [French] Text by the Báb; Music by Andrea Graham

126   Radiant Star [English] Text 'Abdu'l-Bahá; Music by Tim Urbonya

128   Say: God Sufficeth [English] Text by the Báb; Music by Tom Price

129   See the World as One [English] text and Music by Ariel Barkley

131   Shine Your Light on Me, Bahá'u'lláh [English] Text and Music by the Bahá'ís of the South Pacific and Malaysia; French translation by Dominique Marchal

132   Somebody Told Me [English] Text based on Bible Prophecies; Text and Music Dick Grover

134   Song of the Months [English] Text and Music by Jack Lenz and Doug Cameron

136   Song of the Prophets [English] Text and Music by Jack Lenz

138   Teaching Peace [English] Text and Music by Red and Kathy Grammer

141   The Backbiting Song [English] Text by Mimi McClellan and Susan Engle; Music by Mimi McClellan

143   The Glory of God [English] Text and Music by Dick Grover

144   The Long Healing Prayer [English] Text by Bahá'u'lláh; Music by Ruth Vander Stelt

147   The Pearl [English] Text by 'Abdu'l-Bahá; Music by Kathryn A. Tahiri

148   The Soul is the Sun [English] Text and Music by Nancy Ward

149   Thokozani [Zulu and English] Text and Music by Benjamin Dlamini; English text Russ Garcia; Portugese and French texts-translation unknown

151   Thou Seest These Children [English] Text and Music by Jim Styan

155   Thy Name is my Healing [English] Text by Bahá'u'lláh; Music by Ruth Vander Stelt

157   Tread Ye the Path of Justice [English] Text by Bahá'u'lláh; Music by Tim Urbonya

159   Virtues Rap [English] Text and Rythm by John Chesley and Sharon Chesley-Smith

160   We are Bahá'is [English] Text and Music by Jack Lenz

162   Yá Bahá'ul-Abhá [Arabic and English] Text from the Bahá'í Writings; Music source unknown; Harmonisation and arrangement by Josée Cardinal

163   Ya Hou [Arabic with English and French] Text by Pakistani Bahá'ís; Arrangement by Ruth Vander Stelt

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Apendix 1: Full Scores for Selected Songs

166   Alláh'u'Abhá - 95 times [Arabic] Text from the Kitáb-i-Aqdas; Music Josée Cardinal; Arrangement by Ruth Vander Stelt

167   Hidden Word No. 5 (Arabic) [English] Text from Bahá'u'lláh; Music Ruth Vander Stelt

169   Hidden Word No. 36 (Arabic) [English] Text from Bahá'u'lláh; Music Ruth Vander Stelt

170   Hidden Word No. 55 (Arabic) [English] Text from Bahá'u'lláh; Music Ruth Vander Stelt

172   La courte prière de guérison [French] Text from Bahá'u'lláh; Music Ruth Vander Stelt

174   La grande prière de guérison [French] Text from Bahá'u'lláh; Music Ruth Vander Stelt

175   O Be Joyful! [English] Text and Music source unknown; Arrangement by Ruth Vander Stelt

177   Prayer for the Dead [English] Text from Bahá'u'lláh; Music Ruth Vander Stelt

180   The Long Healing Prayer [English] Text from Bahá'u'lláh; Music Ruth Vander Stelt

181   Thy Name is my Healing [English] Text from Bahá'u'lláh; Music Ruth Vander Stelt

Appendix 2:

184   Arabic Pronunciation Key

185   Index of First Lines

187   Audio Reference List Sources for audio materials from the composers

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