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.
Be Thou my battle Shield, Sword for the fight;
Be Thou my Dignity, Thou my Delight;
Thou my soul’s Shelter, Thou my high Tower:
Raise Thou me heavenward, O Power of my power.
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.
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.
Lyrics located on http://nethymnal.org/htm/b/t/btmvison.htm
Words: Attributed to Dallan Forgaill, 8th Century (Rob tu mo bhoile, a Com di cri de); translated from ancient Irish to English by Mary E. Byrne, in “Eriú,” Journal of the School of Irish
Learning, 1905, and versed by Eleanor H. Hull, 1912, alt.
Yesterday in church, the choir sang "Be Thou My Vision" which is one of my favorite hymns. As I reflected on our trip to the Pacific Northwest and on all the amazing natural beauty I was blessed to behold with my husband and son, this song seemed to speak perfectly the words of thanksgiving in my heart.....
Peace to you,