Be Thou My Vision

Arranger: Charles Thatcher

Text Adapted: Eleanor Hull

Translator: Mary Byrne

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Vocal Forces: SATB

Accompaniment: Organ

Separate Instruments: Flute

Tune Name: Slane

Text Source: Irish hymn, tr. Mary Byrne, 1880–1931, versified by Eleanor Hull, 1860–1935, alt.

Music Source: Irish melody

Series: Choral

Difficulty Level: E/M


Charles Thatcher has arranged this beloved text and tune into a moving piece for SATB voice and organ with optional flute. The voicing and accompaniment of each verse beautifully reflects the text, from the simplicity of verse one to the rich a cappella harmonies of verse four, to the dance-like energy of the final verse. Originally composed for a 50th anniversary of ordination in Ireland, this piece would make a grand and moving addition to similar celebrations.

Categories: Choral/Vocal

Liturgical: OT 29 B

Topical: Comfort, Eternal Life, Hope, Kingdom of God, Presence of God, Protection, Trust

Scored for: Woodwinds

Number of Pages: 12

Language: English

Format: Octavo