Be Thou My Vision

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I was thinking about including this song on this record, and I started researching the lyric translation into English from Old Irish. The original Old Irish translation was very moving to me, and different enough from the lyrics that most of us have probably heard for the song, that I wanted to incorporate some of those ideas in this version.

lyrics

words and music from an old Irish hymn from the 8th century and the traditional Irish folk tune "Slane"

Be Thou my vision, oh Lord of my heart
Not be all else to me, save that Thy art
Be Thou my meditation by day or by night
Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light

Be Thou my wisdom and Thou my true word
Be Thou with me, Be I with Thee
Be Thou my Father, Be I Thy true one
Will Thou be mine, and I will be Thine

Be Thou every good to my body and soul
Be Thou my kingdom in heaven as on earth
Be Thou solely, chief love of my heart
Let there be none other, oh Lord of all

'Til I am able to pass to Thy hands
My treasure, my Beloved, by the greatness of Thy love
Be Thou alone, my wondrous estate
I seek not lifeless wealth, nor man's empty praise

High King of Heaven, may I find life through death
May I reach heaven's joys, Oh bright heaven's son
Christ of mine own heart, whatever befall
Still be my vision, Oh Ruler of All
Still be my vision, Oh Ruler of All

credits

from Never Alone, released January 6, 2017
drums by Dale Baker

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