Be Thou My Vision
(With chords in D major for guitar or piano)


Here's this classic worship song with modern words:-

D.............................. G/B.......... D
Be Thou my vision, O lord of my heart;
Asus................................ G/B................ Asus
Nought be all else to me, save that Thou art;
G....................Bm................... F#m.......... G/B
Thou my best thought, in the day and the night,
D.............. Bm................ Em.. G/B Asus D
Waking or sleeping, Thy pre..sence my light.


D................................... G/B............... D
Be Thou my wisdom, be Thou my true word;
Asus.......................... G/B................ Asus
I ever with Thee, and Thou with me Lord;
G.................... Bm.............. F#m........ G/B
Thou my Great Father, and I Thy true son;
D............... Bm.............. Em G/B Asus D
Thou in me dwelling and I ..with Thee one.


D.......................................... G/B.............. D
Be Thou my breast-plate, my sword for the fight;
Asus.............................. G/B............. Asus
Be Thou my armour, and be Thou my might.
G..................... Bm.............. F#m............. G/B
Thou my soul's shelter, and Thou my high tower:
D..................... Bm.................. Em G/B Asus D
Raise Thou me Heavenward, O power of my power.


D................................ G/B................ D
Riches I heed not, nor man`s empty praise,
Asus............................ G/B................. Asus
Thou mine inheritance, through all my days:
G..................... Bm......... F#m....... G/B
Thou and Thou only, the first in my heart,
D................ Bm.............. Em.... G/B ..Asus D
High King of Heaven, my trea...sure Thou art.


D............................................. G/B...... D
High King of Heaven when the battle is done,
Asus................................... G/B............. Asus
Grant Heaven`s joy to me , bright heaven`s sun!
G................ Bm.................... F#m.... G/B
Christ of my own heart, whatever befall,
...... D.............. Bm......... Em G/B Asus D
Still be thou my vision, O Ru..ler.. of.. all

 

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Guide to the guitar chords used in "Be Thou My Vision"

If you are playing the song in D, consider de-tuning the bottom string (the low E) to D. That way when the first D chord is played, you are able to strike all the notes and you will have a richer and fuller sound. This is especially useful if you are leading Be Thou My Vision just with the guitar (and without any instruments that might fill out the lower end, such as the bass guitar or keyboards). If you are leading a set of worship songs, you may opt to play ones in D to avoid having to detune or retune the guitar.


Some of the chords used:-

Asus = This is A suspensed 4th, the notes in the chord are A,D and E
G/B= This means play a G chord, with B the lowest note played. It does NOT mean play either G or B chord (a common mistake!)

Bm and F#m = The two barre chords used in "Be Thou My Vision", and probably the most difficult section of the music. However, this is made a little easier by the fact that both chords share the same fret position. When you have played Bm, leave the index finger where it is and then move the other fingers over to F#m. If you have detuned the guitar, avoid contact with the lowest string at this point.