304. 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, 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 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 Hull (1912, alt.)
Translator: Mary Byrne (1905)
Publication Date: 1972
Scripture: Philippians 3:14
Topic: Service for the Lord's Day: Opening of Worship; Service for the Lord's Day: After Creed; Service for the Lord's Day: Conclusion of Worship (7 more...)
Source: Ancient Irish
Copyright: Words used by permission of Eleanor Hull's Estate and Chatto & Windus, Ltd.
Tune Information
Harmonizer: David Evans (1927)
Key: E♭ Major
Source: Traditional Irish melody
Copyright: Music altered from The Church Hymnary, Revised Edition, 1927; used by permission of Oxford University Press.

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