Author of the Lyrics
The author of the inspirational words of the "Be Thou my Vision" lyrics, Saint Dallan aka Dallan Forgaill or Eochaid Mac Colla (c. 530-598), was born in Maigen (now Ballyconnell) in modern day County Cavan and achieved fame as a Christian Irish poet, author and hymn writer.
Information about the Hymn
Title of Hymn: Be Thou my Vision
Author of Lyrics (Hymnist): Saint Dallan aka Dallan Forgaill or Eochaid Mac Colla (c. 530
Nationality of Author: Irish
Translator of the Hymn lyrics: Mary E. Byrne who translated the words from Irish to English
Name of Composer of Music: Unknown
Hymn Category: Favorite Songs
First Line of Hymn: "Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart; Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art"
First Publication Date: 1905
Be Thou my Vision Lyrics
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.
Be Thou my Wisdom, and Thou my true Word;
I ever with Thee and Thou with me, Lord;
Thou my great Father, I Thy true son;
Thou in me dwelling, and I with Thee one.
Be Thou my battle Shield, Sword for the 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.
Riches I heed not, nor man's empty praise,
Thou mine Inheritance, now and always:
Thou and Thou only, first in my heart,
High King of Heaven, my Treasure Thou art.
High King of Heaven, my victory won,
May I reach Heaven's joys, O bright Heaven's Sun!
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
Still be my Vision, O Ruler of all.