Description of Baha'u'llah

I was at mashriq last night and suddenly remembered this cool description of Baha'u'llah, which I found a year back. I don't think it's widely known, so I'll put it up here.

I have had the honour of catching a glimpse of him who is the incarnation of "the Word of God" in the eyes of the Persians, during a journey that I made to St Jean d'Acre ['Akka]. I was eager to pay a visit to Abbas Effendi, the eldest son of "the Word" who was in charge of the external relations of the community.... Naturally, I solicited from him the honour of an audience with his holy father. He explained to me, in a very kindly manner, that it was not the custom of the Divinity to admit to his presence unbelieving mortals. Since I insisted, he promised to make every possible effort to bring about the realization of my wish.

... I had to content myself with a glimpse of the illustrious Baha'u'llah at the moment when he came out to take his daily walk... in the evening, a time when he could better elude the prying attention of outsiders. But Abbas Effendi had carefully positioned me behind a part of the wall, along his path, in such a manner that I could easily contemplate him for a short while... His [Baha'u'llah's] appearance struck my imagination in such a way that I cannot better represent it than by evoking the image of God the Father, commanding, in his majesty, the elements of nature, in the middle of clouds.

Published in a French periodical by Lebanese Druze journalist Amir Amin Arslan

The passage is quoted in Christopher Buck's book Symbol and Secret: Qur'an Commentary in Baha'u'llah's Kitab-i-Iqan, pages xxxiii-xxxiv. Published by Kalimat Press.