I have long thought that Be Thou My Vision was a beautiful tune. I liked it enough that I put it on my Album, Long Time Comin’, in Eb no less. And, I got Kristianne Gale to sing it. She has a beautiful voice for this song.
Today’s tune features me and Brent Hawley playing Be Thou My Vision at our Opening Night set for the Rocky Mountain Irish Festival. I really love getting to play with a great guitar player like Brent.
Be Thou My Vision according to Wikipedia
Be Thou My Vision (Irish: Bí Thusa ‘mo Shúile) is a traditional hymn from Ireland, which is commonly attributed to Dallán Forgaill. It is popular among English-speaking churches around the world.
The original Old Irish text, Rop tú mo Baile is often attributed to Dallán Forgaill in the 6th century. An attribution given mostly by the Catholic Church. University College, Cork lists the author of Rop tú mo baile as Author: [unknown]. The text had been a part of Irish monastic tradition for centuries before its setting to the tune, therefore, before it became an actual hymn. It was translated from Old Irish into English by Mary Elizabeth Byrne, M.A., in Ériu(the journal of the School of Irish Learning), in 1905. The English text was first versified by Eleanor Hull, in 1912, and is now the most common text used.
Be Thou My Vision Lyrics (English)
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.