Musical interlude ... St. Patrick's Day (a bit late)
How about a musical interlude? This would have been better on the 17th of March, but anyway ...
Here's a translation of an Ancient Irish hymn:
[QUOTE]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.
Be thou my breastplate, my sword for the fight;
be thou my whole armor, be thou my true might;
be thou my soul's shelter, be thou my strong tower:
O raise thou me heavenward, great Power of my power.
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 Sovereign 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.
Words: Ancient Irish hymn;
trans. Mary Byrne, 1905, and versified by Eleanor Hull, 1912
Music: Slane (Irish)[/QUOTE]
[url=http://www.oremus.org/hymnal/b/b021.html]Oremus Hymnal: Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart[/url]
There are versions of it around on YouTube, some by soloists and suchlike, but here's a sample with an organ and cathedral choir, courtesy of iTunes (Track 13):