Thursday, March 17, 2011

Day 76: My Favorite Hymn

My favorite hymn was written by Dallan Forgaill and was translated from ancient Irish into English, and it is to an Irish tune. This is a very interesting website dedicated to the history of the hymn.

I think it's one of the most beautifully written hymns, and that's really what I want to share tonight on this Irish holiday.

It seems fitting.
 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, 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 Heaven’s Sun!
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
Still be my Vision, O Ruler of all.

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