Be Thou My Vision

Today is my 50th birthday. In honor of this auspicious event and in thanks to the God Who brought me here despite two life-threatening illnesses in the last eleven years; my favorite hymn:

Verse 1:
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 and by night,
Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light.

Verse 2:
Be Thou my wisdom, O Thou my true word;
I ever with Thee, and Thou with me, Lord;
Thou my great Father and I Thy true son;
Thou in me dwelling, and I with Thee one.

Verse 3:
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, power of my power.

Verse 4:
Treasure I heed not, nor man’s empty praise;
Thou mine inheritance, now and always;
Thou and Thou only, alone in my heart,
High King of heaven, so precious Thou art.

Verse 5:
High King of heaven, my journey done,
May I reach heaven’s joy, bright heaven’s Son;
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
Be Thou my vision, O Ruler of all.

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