Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Be Thou My Vision

I don't think I've ever posted the verses of our favorite hymn, Be Thou My Vision. Please take the time to read them if you have a couple of seconds.

The funny thing is, I've never actually sung this song except along with the MP3 that I have. Church of Christ songbooks do not always have this song, and I've never heard it in 4 part harmony. And the arrangements I have seen, I usually don't like them that much. My current favorite BTMV hymnal arrangement is in a songbook that SIL has (I need to scan that next time I'm over there). But my overall favorite arrangement is the one available from my website. I found this version free for download at muchmusic.net, so I assume it's okay for me to distribute. Besides, muchmusic.net's website is not always working for me.

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.

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  • Harmony's Mom

    That is a really great song. I have never heard it, but the words are powerful. I will try to listen to that soon.