“This is Faith” by Amatu’l-Baha Ruhiyyih Khanum.
To walk where there is no path,
To breathe where there is no air,
To see where there is not light-This is Faith.
To cry out in the silence,
The silence of the night,
And hearing no echo believe
And believe again and again-This is Faith.
To hold pebbles and see jewels,
To raise sticks and see forests,
To smile with weeping eyes-This is Faith.
To say: “God, I believe” when others deny,
“I hear” when there is no answer,
“I see” though naught is seen-This is Faith.
And the fierce love in the heart,
The savage love that cries,
Hidden Thou art yet there!
Veil Thy face and mute Thy tongue yet I see and hear Thee, Love, Beat me down to the bare ear Yet I rise and love Thee,
This is Faith.