love for bahá’u’lláh

“Love for Baha’u’llah” is a simple, yet lovely song composed by Chelsea Lee Smith (of Enable Me To Grow and Moments a Day) to help her children celebrate the Birthday of Bahá’u’lláh, which is now celebrated as part of the Festival of the Twin Holy Birthdays. It even comes with gestures, which make it a real pleasure for children to sing!

 

this little light of mine

This Little Light of Mine” was originally written around 1920 as a children’s gospel song, based on verses from the New Testament. We taught our children’s class a simplified version that still sounds quite good.

music

lyrics

This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine (x3)

Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine!

In my family, I’m gonna let it shine (x3)

Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine!

In my neighbourhood, I’m gonna let it shine (x3)

Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine!

All over the world, I’m gonna let it shine (x3)

Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine!

refresh and gladden my spirit

The prayer which begins “O God! Refresh and gladden my spirit…” has been put to music by many different people in many different ways, and everyone has their favourite melody for it. We’ve used this particular version for years, because of its musicality and its happy, soothing tone.

video

I’m not sure who originally composed this melody, but if someone knows, please let me know so I can give proper attribution—the performer in the video is Rosanna Lea Smith from the United Kingdom.

lyrics

O God! Refresh and gladden my spirit,

Purify my heart, illumine my powers.

I lay all my affairs in Thy Hand,

Thou art my guide and my refuge.

I will no longer be sorrowful and grieved,

I will be a happy and joyful being.

I will no longer be full of anxiety,

Nor will I let trouble harass me.

I will not dwell on the unpleasant things of life.

O God! Thou art more friend to me Than I am to myself.

I dedicate myself to Thee, O Lord.

sheet music & guitar chords

coffeehouseThe worldwide Bahá’í community has built up a large repertoire of songs for use in children’s classes. Depending on what you’re looking for, it’s more or less easy to find lyrics, guitar chords and sheet music for Bahá’í songs.

Lyrics and guitar chords

Sheet music

Actual sheet music for Bahá’í songs is a little harder to find, especially online, as many arrangements are copyrighted. If you don’t mind paying for a good Bahá’í songbook, though, you won’t be disappointed.

  • O Be Joyful!, compiled by Ruth Vander Stelt, is a wonderful collection of sheet music for Bahá’í songs in many languages, including English, French, Spanish, and Arabic. The book is available through the Canadian Bahá’í Distribution Service.
  • Voice of Devotion is an online songbook featuring original devotional songs composed by Amy Stephen.
  • Larry Magee of Los Nice Guys provides piano sheet music for his memorization songs for Ruhi Book 3, Grade 1.
  • Manifold Melodies has posted sheet music for a number of Bahá’í songs, including a number of choral pieces.
  • One of our readers has graciously offered sheet music for her own arrangements of some Bahá’í songs, which you can download here!

it’s me who builds community

This song has always been a classic with us, inside and outside our children’s classes. It’s performed with actions: point out “me”, “you”, “we”, alternate putting one fist on top of the other at “build community”, make rolling motions with the arms at “roll over…”, etc.

Video

This is a slightly different version of the song than we sing—the words are a little different, but the melody is mostly the same.

Lyrics

It’s me, it’s me, it’s me who builds commu-ni-ty. (x4)

Roll over the ocean, roll over the sea, come and do your part to build community. (x2)

It’s you, it’s you, it’s you who builds commu-ni-ty. (x4)

Roll over the ocean, roll over the sea, come and do your part to build community. (x2)

It’s we, it’s we, it’s we who build commu-ni-ty. (x4)

Roll over the ocean, roll over the sea, come and do your part to build community. (x2)

It’s me, it’s you, it’s we who build commu-ni-ty. (x4)

Roll over the ocean, roll over the sea, come and do your part to build community. (x2)

Variations

  • Some versions of this song use “It’s I,… / It’s you,… / It’s we,…” for grammatical consistency, or even the more grammatically correct “It’s me,… / It’s you,… / It’s we,…”. If your class has a strong ESL or English-language focus, you may wish to use those versions. We use the version above simply because it rhymes and sounds better.
  • Many other versions of this song exist, with any number of “participants” who build community. We like our version because it’s short, and because it still goes along well with the recent guidance of the Universal House of Justice, which places such a great importance on the spiritual empowerment of individuals.