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The passages, which provide the lyrics for the album Refuge, are excerpted from the Bahá'í Writings. One of the passages (track 3) is cited from Buddhist tradition.


released December 1, 2011

Elina Kuitunen - vocals
Mea Karvonen - vocals, piano, synthesizer
Nader Aflatuni - guitar
Dile Kolanen - bass
Aram Aflatuni - drums, percussions
Joonatan Kuisma - synthesizer, cello

with Miritza Lundberg (violin on track 5)
and Saku Mattila (oboe on track 11)

Tracks 1, 4 and 9 composed by Elina Kuitunen and Mea Karvonen. Tracks 3, 5, 6-8 and 10 composed by Elina Kuitunen. Track 2 composed by Mea Karvonen. All tracks arranged by Refuge. Produced by Aram Aflatuni. Mixed by Joonatan Kuisma. Photography by Patrik Jansson.

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Track Name: Seize Thy Chance / Käytä Hetkesi Oikein
Free thyself from the fetters of this world,
and loose thy soul from the prison of self.
Seize thy chance, for it will come to thee no more.

Vapauta itsesi tämän maailman kahleista,
ja irroita sielusi minuutesi vankilasta.
Käytä hetkesi oikein, sillä se ei palaa enää milloinkaan.
Track Name: Tender Herb
If it be Thy pleasure, make me to grow as a tender herb
in the meadows of Thy grace, that the gentle winds of Thy will
may stir me up and bend me into conformity with Thy pleasure,
in such wise that my movement and my stillness may be
wholly directed by Thee.
Track Name: Good Men Shine
Let us live happily,
hating none though others hate.
Let us live without hate among those who hate.

Let us live happily,
free from disease among the diseased.
Let us live diseaseless among the diseased.

Good men shine, even from a distance.

Let us live happily,
ungrieving among others who grieve.
Let us live without grief among those who grieve.

Let us live happily,
without possessions.
Let us feed on happiness like the shining gods.

Good men shine, even from a distance.

Victory breeds hate; the defeated will grieve.
Who goes beyond victory and defeat is happy.

Good men shine, even from a distance.
Track Name: Tomorrow / Huomispäivä
Let each morn be better than its eve
and each morrow richer than its yesterday.

Olkoon jokainen aamu edeltävää iltaansa parempi
ja jokainen huomispäivä eilistänsä rikkaampi.
Track Name: O Son Of Being
O Son of Being!
Thou art My lamp
and My light is in thee.
Get thou from it thy radiance
and seek none other than Me.
For I have created thee rich
and have bountifully shed
My favor upon thee.
Track Name: Create
Create in me a pure heart, O my God,
and renew a tranquil conscience within me,
O my Hope!
Through the spirit of power
confirm Thou me in Thy Cause,
O my Best-Beloved,
and by the light of Thy glory
reveal unto me Thy path,
O Thou the Goal of my desire!
Track Name: Be Calm, Be Strong
Be calm, be strong, be grateful,
and become a lamp full of light,
that the darkness of sorrows be annihilated,
and that the sun of everlasting joy arise
from the dawning-place of heart and soul,
shining brightly.
Track Name: Refuge
O Lord!
Unto Thee I repair for refuge
and toward all Thy signs I set my heart.
O Lord! Whether travelling or at home,
and in my occupation or in my work,
I place my whole trust in Thee.
Grant me then Thy sufficing help
so as to make me independent of all things,
O Thou Who art unsurpassed in Thy mercy!
Bestow upon me my portion,
O Lord, as Thou pleasest,
and cause me to be satisfied
with whatsoever Thou hast ordained for me.
Thine is the absolute authority to command.
Track Name: Evening Prayer / Iltarukous
How can I choose to sleep, O God, my God,
when the eyes of them that long for Thee
are wakeful because of their separation from Thee;
and how can I lie down to rest
whilst the souls of Thy lovers are sore vexed
in their remoteness from Thy presence?
I have committed, O my Lord,
my spirit and my entire being
into the right hand of Thy might and Thy protection,
and I lay my head on my pillow through Thy power,
and lift it up according to Thy will and Thy good pleasure.
Thou art, in truth, the Preserver, the Keeper,
the Almighty, the Most Powerful.

Kuinka voin nukkua,
oi Jumala, minun Jumalani,
kun Sinua kaipaavien silmät
valvovat sen tähden,
että ovat erossa Sinusta,
kuinka voin asettua levolle,
kun Sinua rakastavien sielut ovat tuskaisat
ollessaan etäällä Sinusta?
Oi Herrani, olen uskonut henkeni
ja koko olemukseni
Sinun mahtisi
ja suojeluksesi oikeaan käteen,
ja Sinun voimastasi
minä lasken pääni pielukselle
ja nostan sen tahtosi
ja mielisuosiosi mukaan.
Sinä olet toden totta Säilyttäjä, Vartija,
Kaikkivaltias, Kaikkein voimallisin.
Track Name: Remover Of Difficulties
Is there any Remover of difficulties save God?
Say: Praised be God! He is God!
All are His servants and all abide by His bidding!