Be Thou my vision, O Lord of my heart

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 and I, Thy true son;
Thou in me dwelling, and I with Thee one.
Riches I heed not, nor man’s empty praise;
Thou mine inheritance, now and always;
Thou and Thou only, first in my heart;
O King of glory, my treasure Thou art.
O King of glory, my victory won;
Rule and reign in me ’til Thy will be done;
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall;
Still be my vision, O Ruler of all.
Philip Nussbaumer

Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand


Bryan Jeffers

Hot Springs, Arkansas, United States

Where are the other verses? What about the battleshied sword for the fight. This is my favourite hymn, but some of it is missing, and some translated incorrectly.


Please include the missing fifth verse.

Nancy B. Cagle

Waco, Texas, United States

I'm Irish at heart and have the background. I have loved this hymn all my life and the older version verses are the better ones. I want it played or sung at my funeral also as somebody else noted below. It is ME!


I love this hymn!


Pasay, Mindanao, Philippines

It's really nice and I love this. It's really God blessing us.

William Drain

United States

I can never hear this song without copious tears pouring down my face! The original version was written in around 800 AD. It could never be more true to our lives today. When I die , and someone says : "Who was he?", I want it said this song was me!

Akosua Ahwenepa-Pokuah

Yonkers, New York, United States

This hymn is the source of my comfort in my daily life. Jehovah God graciously bless the composer and the one who played the keyboard in Jesus name. Amen.

Kent Dickerson

Pyeongtaek (currently), Geonggi-do, South Korea

I was amazed this was under new songs. Actually this is one the oldest Christian Hymns we have, originally in Gaelic from at the 8th century. I love the other verses, especially Be Thou my breastplate, my sword for the fight. God Himself is on outside, our most effective protection and weapon in this spiritual fight.


Shreveport, LA, United States

Lord, nothing else but the great person Who You are is my controlling vision. I live to You.