Be Thou my Vision. O Lord of my heart –
Nought 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.
Riches I need 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 heav’n’s Sun!
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
Still be my Vision, O Ruler of all.
This 8th century Irish hymn is one of my favorites.
Additional, later edit:
There’s actually another, not so well-known, verse in this popular 1912 rendition by Eleanor Hull. It would be v. 3, so the vs. 3 and 4 we know become vs. 4 and 5. Wikipedia has some fascinating information on this hymn. Here is the additional verse:
Be Thou my breastplate, my sword for the fight.
Be thou my whole armour, be Thou my true might.
Be Thou my soul’s shelter, be Thou my strong tower.
O raise Thou me heavenward, great Power of my power.