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Be Thou My Vision

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“Be Thou My Vision” is an ancient Irish poem from perhaps the 6th century. It was only translated into English in the early 20th century. In 1912 it was versified by a woman named Eleanor Hull into the lyric that is well known today, and later combined with the old Irish folk melody “Slane.” It’s become a standard Christian hymn in churches all over the world. And it was only in 1991 that Van Morrison finally did it right, accompanied by The Chieftains.

Be Thou my vision, oh Lord of my heart
Nought be all else to me, save that Thou art
Thou my best thought in the day and the night
Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light

From the album Hymns to the Silence

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