The Worship Quote of the Week for (02/09/1999):

"Be Thou My Vision"
Today's WORSHIP QUOTE is an ancient devotional text that is probably familiar
to many of you.

Rob tu mo bhoile,
a Comidi cride.
Ni ni nech aile,
acht ri secht nime . . . .

Well, there it is in the original Old Irish (8th century). Below is the
literal English prose version that dates from 1905.

Be thou my vision,
O Lord of my heart.
None other is aught
but the King of the seven heavens.

Be thou my meditation
by day and night;
May it be thou that I behold
even in my sleep.

Be thou my speech,
be thou my understanding,
Be thou with me,
be I with thee.

Be thou my father,
be I thy son.
Mayst thou be mine,
may I be thine.

Be thou my battle-shield,
be thou my sword.
Be thou my dignity,
be thou my delight.

Be thou my shelter,
be thou my stronghold.
Mayst thou raise me up
to the company of the angels.

Be thou every good
to my body and soul.
Be thou my kingdom
in heaven and on earth.

Be thou solely
chief love of my heart.
Let there be none other,
O high King of Heaven.

Till I am able
to pass into thy hands,
My treasure, my beloved,
through the greatness of thy love.

Be thou alone
my noble and wondrous estate.
I seek not men,
nor lifeless wealth.

Be thou the constant guardian
of every possession and every life.
For our corrupt desires are dead
at the mere sight of thee.

Thy love in my soul
and in my heart-
Grant this to me,
O King of the seven heavens.

O King of the seven heavens
grant me this-
Thy love to be in my heart
and in my soul.

With the King of all, with him
after victory won by piety
May I be in the kingdom of heaven
O brightness of the son.

Beloved Father,
hear, hear my lamentations;
Timely is the cry of woe
of this miserable wretch.

O heart of my heart,
whate'er befall me,
O ruler of all,
be thou my vision.

- Mary Byrne (1905), English prose version of an 8th century Irish prayer, as
quoted by James D. Smith III, in his article "Be Thou My Vision," from
CHRISTIAN HISTORY MAGAZINE, Issue 60, (Vol. XVII, No. 4). For subscription
information, call 1-800-873-6986 or email:

[The version we know and sing was written in 1912 by Eleanor Hull in her POEM

Have a great week,

Chip Stam
Pastor of Worship and Music
Chapel Hill Bible Church
Chapel Hill, North Carolina