719. Be Thou My Vision

1 Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart;
Nought be all else to me save that thou art -
thou my best thought, by day or 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 great Father; I thy true son;
thou in me dwelling, and I with thee one.

3 Riches I heed not nor man's empty praise,
thou mine inheritance, now and always;
thou and thou only first in my heart,
high King of heaven, my treasure thou art.

4 High King of heaven, my victory won,
may I reach heaven’s joys, O bright heav'n’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
Translator: Mary Byrne (1927)
Versifier: Eleanor H. Hull (1927)
Language: English
Publication Date: 1995
Scripture: ; ; ;
Topic: Trust and Guidance; Christ--Abiding with believers; Christ--All in all (3 more...)
Source: Early Irish
Tune Information
Harmonizer: David Evans, 1874-1948
Key: E♭ Major
Source: Trad. Irish melody; From the Revised Church Hymnary (1927)
Copyright: Used by permission of Oxford University Press

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