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Be Thou my Vision
SLANE 10.10.9.10.
GUIDANCE
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, Thou with me, Lord;
Thou my great Father, I Thy true son;
Thou in me dwelling, and I with Thee one.
Riches I heed not, nor manís empty praise,
Thou my 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 vict'ry is won,
May I reach heavenís joys, O bright heavenís Sun!
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
Still be my Vision, O Ruler of all.

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, Thou with me, Lord;
Thou my great Father, I Thy true son;
Thou in me dwelling, and I with Thee one.

Riches I heed not, nor manís empty praise,
Thou my 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 vict'ry is won,
May I reach heavenís joys, O bright heavenís Sun!
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
Still be my Vision, O Ruler of all.


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   8th century Irish, Tr. by Mary Byrne, 1905 (1880-1931)
   Versified by Eleanor Hull, 1912 (1860-1935)
Words from The Poem Book of the Gael, edited by Eleanor Hull,
by permission of the Editor's Estate and Chatto & Windus.
Arrangement from the Revised Church Hymnary 1927
by permission of Oxford University Press.     Harmony settings, No. 320
Arr. by David Evans (1874-1984)