Be Thou My Vision
Updated: Feb 14, 2022
A Vision without a task is a dream
A task without a vision is drudgery
A vision with a task is the hope of the world (Anon)
The elegant tune for the text Be Thou My Vision is Irish. The tune name honors a hill where legend says St. Patrick challenged King Loegaire (pronounced Lee-ree) and Druid priests on Easter eve. Of course, while no documentation is available, many legends are based from actual events. In 433, the king decreed that no lighting from any source could be used in order to honor a pagan festival. Patrick refused. He climbed the tallest hill in the region and lit a mighty fire. By morning, the people saw the fire as well as St. Patrick’s refusal of the decree. He would only honor Christ.
14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
Matthew 5:14 - 16
Be Thou my vision, O Lord of my heart
(Be) Thou my best thought, by day or by night
Be Thou my wisdom
Be Thou my true word
Be Thou my buckler, my sword for the fight
Be Thou my dignity
(Be) Thou my delight
(Be) Thou my soul’s shelter
Thou and thou only, first in my heart,
Ruler of heaven, my treasure Thou art
Still be my vision, O Ruler of all.
18 Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.