Be Thou My Vision | Hymn of the Week

Lyrics

Verse 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

Verse 2
Be thou my wisdom, and thou my true word
I ever with thee and thou with me, Lord
Thou my great Father, and I thy true son
Thou in me dwelling and I with thee one

Verse 3
Riches I heed not, nor vain, empty praise
Thou mine inheritance, now and always
Thou and thou only first in my heart
High King of heaven, my treasure thou art

Verse 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: Ancient Irish Hymn, translated by Mary E. Byrne (1905), versified by Eleanor Hull (1912)
Music: SLANE, Irish Melody
Meter: 10.10.9.10
Copyright: Public Domain

A picture of hands folded in prayer, resting on a Bible, is behind a quote from the hymn "Be Thou My Vision." The quote reads "Heart of my own heart, whatever befall, still be my vision, O Ruler of all.

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