Houri of Wonder (Hur-i 'Ujab)
The beauty of holiness has risen from behind her veil--
And spirits have fainted from the fire of their attraction,
Then they awoke and soared into the pavilions of sanctity at the throne of domes,
Say: the houri of eternity removed the veil from her face--
The lights of her visage shone from the earth to the clouds,
She threw a glance like a shooting star,
By the fire of her countenance she burned up all names and designations,
She cast her gaze upon the people of earth and dust,
Behold, the temples of existence quivered and then vanished,
Then a black strand of hair appeared from her, an adornment for the soul in the gloom of hindrances,
The fragrance of scents and perfumes wafted from her,
In her right hand she holds red wine and in her left, kebab,
Her palm is dyed crimson with the blood of lovers,
She passed around the wine of life in jugs and cups,
And sang of the beloved's name, strumming on lute and rebec,
Then hearts melted from fire and blaze,
She bestowed the nourishment of beauty without measure,
The sword of allusion struck at necks,
She smiled, and the pearls of her teeth were manifest,
Then the hearts of those who understand cried out,
All those filled with pride and suspicion turned away from her,
When she heard, she returned to her palace in grief and regret,
She went and returned, may her to and fro be exalted,
And she uttered within her soul a cry that annihilated existence and then was made to vanish,
She opened her lips for a river of advice and reproof to flow,
She said, "Do not reject me, people of the Book."
"Are you the people of guidance and are you the friends?"
She said, "We shall not return to you, my companions."
"We shall conceal the mysteries of God that are in his scriptures."
"You shall not find me until the promised one appears on the Day of Return."
Translated by Juan Cole
Source: Baha'u'llah, Ad`iyyih-`i Hadrat-i Mahbub (Hofheim-Langenhain: Baha'i Publishing Trust, 1980), pp. 153-158.