Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Versions of a Quintessential Pilgrim’s Note

[Emphasis added in the quotations below.]

 A January 2013 Facebook posting, accompanying a song with similar but different wording, attributes to Abdu’l-Baha the words: “Where there is love there is always time.”


This appealing statement appears to be a permutation of a passage from Howard Colby Ives, referring to Abdu’l-Baha, that can be found excerpted in Volume 25 of “Star of the West” and that was published in a wonderful book in 1937:
Howard Colby Ives
"Nothing is too much trouble when one loves," He had been heard to say, "and there is always time."

(Howard Colby Ives, Portals to Freedom, p. 52)

Ives, in turn, appears to be paraphrasing these words from a diary of historic pilgrim’s notes (we don’t know who the translator of Abdu’l-Baha’s words was):

‘When we deprecated the trouble it must be to answer so many questions and to give us so much time, He replied, "Whatever is done in love is never any trouble, and -- there is always time."’

(Helen S. Goodall and Ella Goodall Cooper, Daily Lessons Received at 'Akk√° January 1908, p. 42)
Ella Goodall Cooper