This song has been such a blessing to me today because it speaks to something I am striving to make a reality in my life – that Christ would have the pre-eminence.
I have always loved this song – the rich and meaningful words, the melody with its amazing harmony. I have played this song on the piano so many times when I have needed a balm for my soul because the words and music both touch my heart.
From the first line – Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart – I am captured and ministered to. I really can’t go on to say what other lines capture me because they all just speak to me so much.
This song is an Irish poem written in the 8th century. The melody is also Irish and named for a site where Patrick of Ireland issued a challenge to a pagan king.
I hope this song blesses you today as it does me.
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 Tow’r:
Raise Thou me heav’nward, O Pow’r of my pow’r.
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 Heav’n’s Sun!
Heart of my own heart, whate’er befall,
Still be my Vision, O Ruler of all.
~Mary Byrne – English translator