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.
Sheet Music Downloads
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Click the 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
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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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