Wednesday, July 09, 2008

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.

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.

Words: At­trib­ut­ed to Dal­lan For­gaill, 8th Cen­tu­ry
click here HERE for youtube video of this hymn


daisymarie said...

I absolutely love this hymn!!!!

Cathy said...

Very beautiful words to that hymn, Saija, and the picture is lovely ~

Fred said...

The words ring true 13 centuries later.

Deborah said...

Another beautiful old hymn!

Pat said...

I love the last line in the first verse: "waking or sleeping, they presence my light". We need to be mindful that the light of His presence never dims...we are so blessed.

Felisol said...

Dear Saija,
thank you for sharing your pearls.
From Felisol

Anonymous said...

One of my favorites!! Thanks!!