Singer and songwriter Shadi Toloui-Wallace, her mother Shidan Toloui-Wallace, and Shadi’s studio band performed the song ‘Fire Tablet’ on September 24th, 2016 at The York Theatre in East Vancouver, Canada as part of her album release concert for Daughters of the Kingdom.
‘Fire Tablet’ is a stirring song featuring an except from Baha’u’llah’s Fire Tablet (which can be read here on the Baha’i Reference Library).
We were so thrilled when Daughters of the Kingdom came out; Shadi’s talents were in full bloom on her other albums but they are exquisitely showcased here. We spoke with Shadi about Daughters of the Kingdom in this interview. We’ve also interviewed her incredibly talented mother, Shidan, and you can read our conversation here. Shadi also beautifully expressed her thoughts in her Baha’i Blog article, Making “Non-Secular” Music in a “Secular” World.
You can download this song and Shadi’s latest album, Daughters of the Kingdom, on Shadi’s website: http://www.shaditolouiwallace.com/shop/
Below are the lyrics to ‘Fire Tablet’:
Were it not for the cold, how would the heat of Thy words prevail, O Expounder of the worlds?
Were it not for calamity, how would the sun of Thy patience shine, O Light of the worlds?
Lament not because of the wicked. Thou wert created to bear and endure, O Patience of the worlds.
How sweet was Thy dawning on the horizon of the Covenant among the stirrers of sedition, and Thy yearning after God, O Love of the worlds.
By Thee the banner of independence was planted on the highest peaks, and the sea of bounty surged, O Rapture of the worlds.
By Thine aloneness the Sun of Oneness shone, and by Thy banishment the land of Unity was adorned. Be patient, O Thou Exile of the worlds.
We have made abasement the garment of glory, and affliction the adornment of Thy temple, O Pride of the worlds.
Thou seest the hearts are filled with hate, and to overlook is Thine, O Thou Concealer of the sins of the worlds.
When the swords flash, go forward! When the shafts fly, press onward! O Thou Sacrifice of the worlds.
Dost Thou wail, or shall I wail? Rather shall I weep at the fewness of Thy champions, O Thou Who hast caused the wailing of the worlds.
O Expounder of the worlds!
O Light of the worlds!
O Patience of the worlds!
O Love of the worlds!
O Thou Exile of the worlds!
O Pride of the Worlds!
O Thou Concealer of the sins of the worlds!
O Thou Sacrifice of the Worlds!
O Thou Who hast caused the wailing of the worlds!
This video was produced by Kaj Falch-Nielson from Blue Light Studios.
Melody by Shadi Toloui-Wallace
Vocals by Shadi & Shidan Toloui-Wallace
Guitar by Leif Thorseth
Bass by Toga D’Hoore
Drums by Ben Brown
Produced by Leif Thorseth
Engineered by Kaj Falch-Nielsen