Wise Words Wednesday - Be Thou My Vision

I had SUCH a good response to yesterday’s post, so many emails and good thoughts, and me-toos, that I thought I would share this poster today. This song has been running through my head for a few weeks, and I’ve been slowly evolving this poster in bits and pieces, and I think it’s done. I wanted to share it with you for this week’s Wise Words post.

Here is the web-sized version (you can click to see it a bit larger):

The song is Be Thou My Vision, and it’s actually an Old Irish song thought to be from the 6th century. It is achingly beautiful in both Old Irish and in English. I wanted for the poster to reflect the majesty and grandeur of heaven, but also the soaring of our souls as we reflect on our personal relationship with God. I couldn’t decide which words to include, so my hope is that the large phrase can be read from several feet away, and then invite the reader to step closer to read the full text of the song at the bottom.

And speaking of the full text, my favorite line is the last one:

Great Heart of my own heart, whatever befall

Still be my vision, O Ruler of all.

You can read the

full text in both Old Irish and English, as well as some of the history of the song, over here at Wikipedia


The best recorded version I’ve ever heard is from a group called The Lower Lights, and you can find it here for a buck as an MP3. (Look at Track 4)

I have formatted the poster to fit an 11x14 print, which I have saved as a high-resolution JPEG and included in a ZIP file. Download, unzip, and send to your favorite printer. I would LOVE to see your finished product framed and hanging on the wall.


Click here to download the

Be Thou My Vision poster in 11x14


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