I know I have featured this hymn more than once in the past, but that is because sometimes I ask someone else to choose the hymn, and this one is a favorite with quite a few people.
Today my husband and I were honored to attend the 50th anniversary party of Alvin “Bud” Austin and his wife Sammie. Dr. Austin was the president of the university for at least twenty years. He and his wife have been so kind and gracious to our family since they arrived in town twenty-nine years ago. I asked Sammie if she had a favorite hymn for me to feature on my blog today, and this is what she chose.
Be Thou My Vision
Irish, 8th Century
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.
King of the seven heavens, grant me for dole,
Thy love in my heart, Thy light in my soul.
Thy light from my soul, Thy love from my heart,
King of the seven heavens, may they never depart.
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.