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Be Thou My Vision [hymn lyrics]

Hymn lyrics to Be Thou My Vision, Irish hymn, circa 8th century

Be Thou My Vision was written by an unknown Irish poet in the 8th century. In 1905, a scholar in Dublin, Ireland translated it into English. Eleanor Hull of Manchester, England later took Byrne’s translation and made into into song verses. It was even later set to a traditional Irish folk song, “Shane”. The folk song is named for the area in Ireland where St. Patrick challenged local Druids with the Gospel.

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.

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