A HYMN FOR TODAY — Be Thou My Vision


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.

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.

Riches I heed not, nor man’s empty praise,
Thou my inheritance, now and always:
Thou and Thou only, first in my heart,
High King of heaven, my treasure Thou art.

High King of heaven, my victory won,
May I reach heaven’s joys, O bright heav’n’s Sun!
Heart of my heart, whatever befall,
Still be my vision, O Ruler of all. – Dallan Forgaill, 750
tr. Mary Elizabeth Byrne, 1905; alt. Eleanor H. Hull, 1912

from Irish Folk Hymn, 750

Joyce’s Old Irish Folk Music and Songs, 1909 – arr. C. E. Couchman (2011)

#318 in Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs, 2012

The tune SLANE is also used for the modern Timothy Dudley-Smith hymn, “Christ, Be My Leader,”  which, in observance of copyright protections, cannot be reproduced here.


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