776. Be Thou My Vision

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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 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, Thou my high tower,
Raise thou me heav'nward, 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, 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 bright 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
Translator: Mary E. Byrne, 1880-1931
Versifier: Eleanor H. Hull, 1860-1935
Publication Date: 2000
Meter: 10 10 9 10
Scripture: John 9; Matthew 6:19-21; Psalm 61:1-4
Topic: Trust, Guidance
Source: Irish, 8th-10th cent.
Language: English
Tune Information
Meter: 10 10 9 10
Key: E♭ Major

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