Words: 8th-century hymn, trans. Mary Elizabeth Byrne, vers. Eleanor Hull, 1912

Music: Irish folk melody

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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.

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.

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.
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piano with solo violin and optional band

Key: D

lead sheet

piano score

solo violin part

combined score

piano demo

live recording

band with solo flute or horn

Same arrangement as solo violin. The guitar and piano tutorials apply to either arrangement.

Key: D

solo flute

flute score and part

solo horn

horn score and part

piano tutorial

guitar tutorial


Title: "Meditation on SLANE." Almost identical to the orchestration for the congregational arrangement, but for instruments only. Suitable for a processional or prelude.

Key: D

full score

orchestration (score and parts)

simple chord chart

chord and capo charts that match the hymnal score

Key: Eb

chord chart

capo chart