793. Be Thou My Vision

1 Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart;
naught be all else to me, save that thou art:
thou my best thought both by day and by night,
waking or sleeping, thy presence my light.

2 Be thou my wisdom, and thou my true word;
I ever with thee and thou with me, Lord.
Thou my soul's shelter, and thou my high tow'r,
raise thou me heav'n ward, O Pow'r of my pow'r.

3 Riches I heed not, nor vain, empty praise,
thou mine inheritance, now and always:
thou and thou only,the first in my heart,
great God of heaven, my treasure thou art.

4 Light of my soul, after victory won,
may I reach heaven’s joys, O heaven’s Sun!
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
still be my vision, O Ruler of all.

Text Information
First Line: Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart
Title: Be Thou My Vision
Versifier: Eleanor H. Hull, 1860-1935
Translator: Mary E. Byrne, 1880-1991
Meter: 10 10 10 10
Language: English
Publication Date: 2006
Topic: Ash Wednesday; Education; Trust, Guidance (3 more...)
Source: Irish, 8th cent.
Tune Information
Name: SLANE
Meter: 10 10 10 10
Key: E♭ Major



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