Ancient Irish hymn, possibly from the 8th Century, tr. by Mary E. Byrne
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.
2. Be Thou my Wisdom, Thou my true Word;
3. Be Thou my battle-shield, sword for my 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.
4. Riches I heed not, nor man's empty praise,
5. High King of heaven, my victory won,|
May I reach heaven's joys, O bright heav'ns Son!
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
Still be my vision, O ruler of all.
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