490. Lord, be my vision, supreme in my heart

1 Lord, be my vision, supreme in my heart,
bid every rival give way and depart:
You my best thought in the day or the night,
waking or sleeping, Your presence my light.

2 Lord, be my wisdom and be my true word,
I ever with You and You with me Lord:
You my great Father and I Your true child,
once far away, but by love reconciled.

3 Lord, be my breastplate, my sword for the fight:
be my strong armour, for You are my might;
You are my shelter, and You my high tower —
raise me to heaven, O power of my power.

4 I need no riches, nor earth's empty praise:
You my inheritance through all my days;
all of Your treasure to me you impart,
high King of heaven, the first in my heart.

5 High King of heaven, when battle is done,
grant heaven's joy to me, bright heaven's Sun;
Christ of my own heart, whatever befall
still be my vision, O Ruler of all.

Text Information
First Line: Lord, be my vision, supreme in my heart
Translator: Mary Elizabethy Byrne, 1880-1931
Reviser: Eleanor Henrietta Hull, 1860-1935
Meter: 10 10 10 10 Irregular
Language: English
Publication Date: 2004
Source: Irish, 8th century
Tune Information
Harmonizer: George H. P. Hewson, 1881-1972
Meter: 10 10 10 10 Irregular
Key: E♭ Major
Source: Irish traditional melody
Copyright: Harm. © APCK (Dublin) Church of Ireland

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