Be Thou My Vision has been my favorite hymn since I first heard it at age fourteen. And thus began my obsession with all things Irish. Eventually, this morphed to include Scotland and England as well.
Selecting just one version of this song to share for this post was exceedingly difficult. I honestly can’t pick a favorite rendition. Instead, I chose one that reminded me the most of the first version I heard. I heard it from a group of Scottish musicians who visited my church. Later, I heard they had recorded an “album” and had to order it. This was before CDs! It was simple production. The only musical accompaniment was a guitar. Suffice to say, that audio tape is long gone and I can’t share it with you!
Fernando Ortega is a renowned Christian artist, but this version has a similar rustic quality. I hope you enjoy it.
The final verse ends is really the climax of the song. However, I admit these days, it’s the second to last verse that pulls on me the most these days.
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.