The words to this hymn dates back to 8th century Ireland. It was translated from ancient Irish to English by Mary E. Byrne in 1905. The music is of Irish folk origin. If you have never heard this beautiful hymn, I'll provide a link at the end of this post.
Here are the words -
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, 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.
This print is now available for sale in my Etsy Shop. The print will fit perfectly in an 8 x 10 inch mat or frame. I picked up the simple black frame at AC Moore and used a 50% off coupon and it was about $8 and included the white mat. The print has been professionally printed on archival, low lustre cardstock. The print sells for $15. I think it would be a perfect gift for a graduate!
I'm working on some original chalkboard prints that will be hand drawn and then replicated as prints for purchase in my Etsy Shop. Stay tuned!
As promised, you can listen to this beautiful hymn below. I found this version by Eden's Bridge on YouTube. Just click the arrow to listen.
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