Be Thou My Vision
Text: Dallán Forgaill, (ca. 530–598)
Music: Trad Irish Melody
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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 or 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, I thy true son;
Thou in me dwelling, and I with thee one.
Be thou my breastplate, my sword for the fight;
Be thou my armour, and be thou my might;
Thou my soul’s shelter, and 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, 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 heaven’s sun!
Christ of my own heart, whatever befall,
Still be my vision, O Ruler of all.
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