Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Be Thou My Vision

Most of us know the folklore type stories of St. Patrick's Day.  Whether they are true or not I honestly do not know.  I wasn't around in the 5th century to verify their accuracy.  There is one part of St. Patrick's history that I just love.  I have found this telling the same in multiple places.  There is no variance so I will presume it to be accurate.  At this point I have no proof to make me believe otherwise.

There is a song "Be Thou My Vision".  It is a beautiful ancient Celtic Hymn.  The song is beautiful both in music and in word.  My brother and his wife had this song sang at their wedding.  It's simply a great song.  This is the history of this song.

The tune name is called 'Slane,' after the Hill of Slane in County Meath, Ireland. When Patrick first came to Ireland to spread Christianity, he was forbidden by pagan royal decree from lighting any fires at the Spring Equinox. Patrick defied the Royal Edict, and lit the first Paschal Fire in Ireland from atop the Hill of Slane. It's so tall (about 500 feet, or 160 metres) that the fire couldn't be missed. The pagan king at Tara was so impressed with Patrick's devotion that he gave him leave to begin proselyting. The rest, as they say, is history.(not my wording I swiped from a forum because I liked the way it was written)

High King of heaven, my victory won,
May I reach heaven's joys, O bright heav'ns Son!
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
Still be my vision, O ruler of all. 


Mrs. Hinson said...

We sang this song in church on Sunday. It is a beautiful song all the way around like you said.

Jamie Lynn said...

I love this song. We sang it in choir when I was a sophomore.. love it:) I got the music to it, I thought about learning to play it.

Kelly said...

Beautiful. I love that song!