Saturday, May 31, 2008

Then Sings My Soul Saturdays

Be Thou My Vision

I cannot hear this hymn without getting chills and tears in my eyes. I never really considered it a familiar favorite growing up, but my sister chose to have it played at her wedding and I have loved it ever since. My uncle arranged the song for organ and strings, and I've included the video here.

Side note: One of the funniest things at Amber's wedding was captured by Trevor on this video. The song was played during the lighting of the unity candle and prayer. Amber and David looked so beautiful as they kneeled and prayed together, and the music swelled around them. When they were finished praying, Amber (out of habit) leaned over to kiss him, and David visibly jerked away, horrified at the prospect of kissing the bride before the ceremony was over. It was a sweet, tender moment that we will tease them about for the rest of their lives.

Be thou my vision,
O Lord of my heart,
be all else but naught to me,
save that thou art;
be thou my best thought
in the day and the night,
both waking and sleeping,
thy presence my light.

Be thou my wisdom,
be thou my true word,
be thou ever with me,
and I with thee Lord;
be thou my great Father,
and I thy true son;
be thou in me dwelling,
and I with thee one.

Riches I heed not,
nor man's empty praise:
be thou mine inheritance
now and always;
be thou and thou only
the first in my heart;
O King of heaven,
my treasure thou art.

High King of heaven,
thou heaven's bright sun,
O grant me its joys
after victory is won;
great Heart of my own heart,
whatever befall,
still be thou my vision,
O Ruler of all.


luvmy4sons said...

Okay that was too cute! I bet she felt so embarrassed! Beautiful song and beautiful ceremony!

Alana said...

That is a beautiful picture of them praying together. And such a funny moment at the end.

This may be my all time favorite hymn. I learned it for the first time in college. My music professor would introduce a new hymn to the choir every week. I learned a lot of great ones that I had not heard before that way.

Mocha with Linda said...

I love this hymn and it is already in my TSMS queue! (Of course!)

Love the wedding video, and I'm glad you pointed out the part at the end. That was darling! Every wedding has a "moment!"

And you were a great maid (matron?) of honor, keeping her dress all fixed for pictures!!

Carol said...

I am so cracking up right now! I had to watch it a couple of times it was so funny!