By Request, ‘Be Thou My Vision’

I daresay this hymn is sung, somewhere, every day; and yet it dates by to the 8th century, when Charlemagne was just a little boy.

Requested by Susan, sung by Nathan Pacheco, one of the world’s best-loved hymns–Be Thou My Vision.

8 comments on “By Request, ‘Be Thou My Vision’

  1. Request for another very great beloved hymn: How Great Thou Art – really beautiful sung by Carroll Roberson.

  2. It’s hard to choose a favorite hymn. But this one would be very near the top. The words, so moving.
    I was so disappointed, he did not sing all the verses. I don’t know the name of the singer, but her rendition of this wonderful hymn, is the best I have ever heard, she sings it complete. If I find the link, I will place it here. Here are the words.

    Be Thou my Vision

    Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart;
    Be all else but Naught to me, save that Thou art.
    Be Thou my best Thought, in the day and the night,
    Both waking and sleeping, Thy presence my light.

    Be Thou my Wisdom, Be Thou my true Word;
    Be thou ever with me, and I with Thee Lord;
    Be Thou my great Father, and I Thy true son;
    Be Thou in me dwelling, and I with Thee one.

    Be Thou my Breast Plate, my Sword for the fight;
    Be Thou my full armour, be Thou my true might;
    Be Thou my souls Shelter, Be Thou my strong Tower:
    O Raise Thou me heavenward, great Power of my power.

    Riches I need not, nor man’s empty praise,
    Be Thou mine Inheritance, now and always:
    Be Thou and Thou only, the first in my heart,
    O Sovereign of Heaven, my Treasure Thou art.

    Great King of Heaven, thou heaven’s bright sun,
    O grant me its joys after victory is won;
    Great Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
    Still be thou my Vision, O Ruler of all.

    1. Yes, this is a wonderful hymn, and people have been loving it for 13 hundred years. The artist we used today was Nathan Pacheco.

      They played this at my father’s funeral, and I cried.

  3. I love to sing this hymn. But sometimes I can’t, for I find myself weeping.

    I am thinking about husbands and wives. One day, sooner or later, all will experience the death of their loved one. The one that loved us, stood with us, and walked alongside us in joy and pain, but left us all too soon. It matters not the length of time, a few days or fifty years, it’s always too soon. It’s then, we need to hold to the hand that will never leave us, nor forsake us. The One, whose hand will guide us to our home He has already prepared. As one song says “Jesus hold my hand.” And as this song puts it, let the Lord be our vision, our Treasure, above all those down here on earth, whose lives are so fleetingly short. O Lord, Be Thou my souls Shelter, Be Thou my strong Tower.

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