A Hymn I Needed to Hear

Be Thou My Vision Hymn

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.


One thought on “A Hymn I Needed to Hear

  1. Lynn says:

    Sandy, I remember being in a college dorm at the University at Buffalo, and a young woman named Donna taught me to memorize a couple hymns. What you posted was one of them. The other one is this:

    Isaac Watts, on Psalm 23

    My Shepherd will supply my need:
    Jehovah is His Name;
    In pastures fresh He makes me feed,
    Beside the living stream.
    He brings my wandering spirit back
    When I forsake His ways,
    And leads me, for His mercy’s sake,
    In paths of truth and grace.

    When I walk through the shades of death
    Thy presence is my stay;
    One word of Thy supporting breath
    Drives all my fears away.
    Thy hand, in sight of all my foes,
    Doth still my table spread;
    My cup with blessings overflows,
    Thine oil anoints my head.

    The sure provisions of my God
    Attend me all my days;
    O may Thy house be my abode,
    And all my work be praise.
    There would I find a settled rest,
    While others go and come;
    No more a stranger, nor a guest,
    But like a child at home.

    Here is a link to a youtube of someone playing the music to the hymn on the organ:

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