As you read over the words of this old hymn let it become your prayer for the New Year.
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, be thou my true word;
I ever with thee, and thou with me, Lord.
Born of thy love, thy child may I be,
thou in me dwelling and I one with thee.
Riches I heed not, nor vain empty praise;
thou mine inheritance, now and always.
Thou and thou only, first in my heart,
Ruler of heaven, my treasure thou art.
O King of glory, my victory won;
Rule and reign in me ’til Thy will be done;
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall;
Still be my vision, O Ruler of all.
Lyrics: Dallan Forgaill (6th Century)
Translated: Mary E, Byrne (188901931)
Adapted: Eleanor H. Hull (1860 – 1935)
Music: Irish Traditional Melody
Photo: Marge McCoy