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 in the day and the night,
waking and sleeping, thy presence my light.

Be thou my wisdom, be thou my true word,
I ever with thee and thou with me, Lord;
thou my great Father, and I thy true heir;
thou in me dwelling, and I in thy care.

Be thou my breastplate, my sword for the fight;
thou my whole armour, and be thou my might;
thou my soul’s shelter, and thou my high tow’r:
raise thou me heav’nward, O Pow’r of my pow’r.

Riches I heed not, nor all the world’s praise:
thou mine inheritance through all my days;
thou, and thou only, the first in my heart;
High King of heaven, my treasure thou art!

High King of heaven, when battle is done,
grant heaven’s joy to me, O bright heav’n’s sun;
Christ of my own heart, whatever befall,
Still be my vision, O Ruler of all.

Traditional Irish
Tune "Slane" trad.

Notes:
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Ref: HON 66