Be Thou my Vision
I love this old Irish hymn from the 8th century set to Irish folk music yet, it doesn’t sound like folk music, sounds more like a hymn. This Irish person who wrote it must have been in Christ back in the 8th century from what the words of the hymn say although there is nothing about Jesus in there but there is the Heavenly Father he’s talking about. “O bright heaven’s Sun!” in the 4th verse, not sure what he’s talking about in that phrase.
Thinking of the Irish people, I’m reminded of what I heard of the Irish slaves bringing the gospel to Black slaves a long time ago when they started bringing slaves over here to America. David L. Cummins was who I heard that theory from and he’s the man who co-authored the book “This Day in Baptist History”.
It is a beautiful song that two ladies translated in 1912. Here’s the verses:
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.
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 heave’n’s Sun! Heart of my own heart, whatever be-fall, Still be my Vision, O Ruler of all.