“I have set the LORD always before me.” – Psalm 16:8

Be Thou My Vision

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, I Thy true son,
Thou in me dwelling, and I with Thee one.

Verse 3:
Riches I heed not, or 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.

Verse 4:
High King of heaven, my victory won,
May I reach heaven’s joys, O bright heav’ns Sun!
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
Still be my Vision, O Ruler of all.

 

Words: Ancient Irish (c. 700); translated Mary E. Byrne (1880-1931); versified Eleanor H. Hull (1860-1935)
Music: Traditional Irish Melody
Words and Music public domain.
pianist: E. Zacek