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Be Thou My Vision

About the Song

This old Irish text was translated by Mary Elizabeth Byrne in 1905, and later cast into verse by Eleanor H. Hull in 1912. It was set to a traditional Irish tune called “Slane.”

We use this tune for the hymn “Take Time to be Holy” as well. I also set “Away in a Manger” to the same arrangement.  Since these are all well-loved hymns, I did separate scores for each of them. To avoid confusion, they are posted on three separate pages.

The solo and SSAATB accompaniments are not interchangeable–a few of the notes will clash.  If you need a lower version, you can use the “Away In a Manger” score to accompany it.

The recordings below are the solo version. If you need accompaniment or piano tracks for the SSAATB, you can use the “Away in a Manger” files for that as well.

Spotify, Soundcloud (inc. free downloads)

Spotify:

Soundcloud:
Click the Soundcloud download icon to download the free track for personal use.

Recording featuring vocals by James Loynes:

Accompaniment track (Solo version–high voice):

Piano track (Solo version–high voice):

Apple Music, Amazon

These files may be copied/shared in any quantity in any physical format unless otherwise noted. They may not be re-sold or offered for download.

YouTube

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Lyrics

Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart,
Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art
Thou my best thought, both by day and by night,
In waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light

Be thou my wisdom, and thou my true Word
Be thou ever with me, and I with thee, Lord
Be thou my soul’s shelter, Be thou my high tow’r
Oh raise thou me heavenward, Great Pow’r of my power

Riches I heed not, nor vain, empty praise
Be thou mine inheritance, now and always
Thou and thou only the first in my heart
Oh high King of heaven, my treasure thou art

High King of heaven, my victory won
May I reach heaven’s joy, Oh heaven’s Son!
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall
Still be thou my vision, oh ruler of all

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4 Comments

  1. Suzanne Galer

    Sally, your arrangement of Be Thou My Vision is amazing. The fact that it comes in two keys is really special. I found it on a strange site called Scribd but then was very thankful that I searched your name and found your site. Thank you for all you are giving to Christians everywhere. Sincerely, Suzanne Galer- Wert, Gardens Presbyterian Church, Palm Beach Gardens, FL

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  2. Georgia L. Fairbanks

    Sally, I don’t know you but I WANT to know you because I think you must be a saintly person. How I know that is that you FREELY share all your beautiful music with us. I love your music and arrangements so much! Therefore, I love you. A million thanks for allowing us to have this music. I am a voice teacher in Salt Lake and I use this music all the time for my voice students and my church choir has sung many of your arrangements. We are so blessed to have you.
    Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.

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  3. Katherine Lee

    Sister DeFord,
    I love your beautiful gift and that you use it for so much good! You are an excellent missionary!
    A family member just passed away and I have been asked to sing at her service. I was trying to find something beautiful yet unique (my family aren’t members), and I discovered Katherine Jenkins’ recording of “Homeward Bound” on YouTube. I loved it but there’s no decent Karaoke type of recording of it anywhere. Then I remembered you and found “Be Thou My Vision” and I am so delighted!!! While “Homeward Bound” was so perfect for the message I wanted to share with my family, I feel very blessed that my favorite LDS composer put together such a beautiful version of this other lovely song. I am so grateful to and for you. I know Heavenly Father must be so proud of his daughter who praises Him (and helps the rest of us to do the same) with her talents!

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  4. James Jordan

    Sally, THANK YOU for such beautiful arrangements! My Choir at Pioneer Congregational UCC just loves your music.

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