Be Thou My Vision
“Be thou My Vision” Kim Robertson
From the recording: Searching for Lambs
Produced by Kim Robertson
Recorded and Mixed at: Remote Planet, Milwaukee, WI
Engineered by: Ric Probst
Mastered by: Rainer Gembalczyk at Sienna Digital, San Mateo, CA.
Publishing: Gourd Music (BMI) / Kim Robertson Publishing (BMI).
Kim Robertson Celtic harp
D. Brett Lipshutz -wooden flute (flute in D, made by G. French, London 1850’s)
This melody is based on a very old Irish hymn titled Slane. It was on Slane Hill (County Meath) that St. Patrick is said to have defied the will of the pagan king Laoghaire by lighting the Pascal candle on Easter Eve.
The lyrics of this song came from an ancient Irish hymn that dates back to 8th century monastic tradition. Mary E. Byrne translated the hymn into modern prose in 1905, and it was then put into verses by Eleanor Hull for her work Poem Book of the Gael (1912). (Neal Hellman).
Be Thou My Vision (Bí thusa Mo Shúile)
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 Heav’n’s Sun
Heart of my own heart, whate’er befall
Still be my Vision, O Ruler of all