Saturday, July 24, 2010

Be Thou My Vision

I never understood before why choir was one of my favorite classes in Middle School. Now I see that choir was one of the few places in public school where it was okay to talk about God. Here is one of my favorite hymns from Middle School Chorus. I sing it now as a lullaby to my children. I hope I start to live out the truth of these beautiful lyrics in my own life soon. Enjoy!

Sung by David Arkenstone: Celtic Hymns

Ancient Irish hymn, possibly from the 8th Century, tr. by Mary E. Byrne

1.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.

2. Be Thou my Wisdom, 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.

3. Be Thou my battle-shield, sword for my 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.

4. 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.

5. High King of heaven, my victory won,
May I reach heaven's joys, O bright heav'ns Son!
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
Still be my vision, O ruler of all.