1 Be Thou my vision, O Lord of my heart;
naught 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 Be thou my battle shield, sword for my fight;
be thou my dignity, thou my delight,
thou my soul's shelter, thou my high tow'r;
raise thou me heav'n-ward, O Pow'r of my pow'r.
4 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.
5 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.
|First Line:||Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart|
|Title:||Be Thou My Vision|
|Translator:||Mary E. Byrne (1905)|
|Versifier:||Eleanor H. Hull (1912)|
|Topic:||Christians: Triumph of; Riches; Supplication: For God's Presence|
|Source:||Ancient Irish poem, ca. 8th cent.|
|Arranger:||David Evans (1927)|
|Copyright:||Tune arr. © 1927 from the Revised Church Hymnary by permission of Oxford University Press.|