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Sunday, August 23, 2009

Sabbath Keeping

~ The Cove ~
Be Still My Soul

"Be still, my soul: the Lord is on thy side.
Bear patiently the cross of grief or pain.
Leave to thy God to order and provide;
In every change, He faithful will remain.
Be still, my soul: thy best, thy heavenly Friend
Through thorny ways leads to a joyful end.

Be still, my soul: thy God doth undertake
To guide the future, as He has the past.
Thy hope, thy confidence let nothing shake;
All now mysterious shall be bright at last.
Be still, my soul: the waves and winds still know
His voice Who ruled them while He dwelt below.

Be still, my soul: when dearest friends depart,
And all is darkened in the vale of tears,
Then shalt thou better know His love, His heart,
Who comes to soothe thy sorrow and thy fears.
Be still, my soul: thy Jesus can repay
From His own fullness all He takes away.

Be still, my soul: the hour is hastening on
When we shall be forever with the Lord.
When disappointment, grief and fear are gone,
Sorrow forgot, love’s purest joys restored.
Be still, my soul: when change and tears are past
All safe and blessèd we shall meet at last.

Be still, my soul: begin the song of praise
On earth, believing, to Thy Lord on high;
Acknowledge Him in all thy words and ways,
So shall He view thee with a well pleased eye.
Be still, my soul: the Sun of life divine
Through passing clouds shall but more brightly shine."

Katharina Amalia Dorothea von Schlegel - 1752

Be Thou My Vision

"Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart;
Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art.
Thou my best Thought, by day or by night,
Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light.

Be Thou my Wisdom, and Thou my true Word;
I ever with Thee and Thou with me, Lord;
Thou my great Father, I Thy true son;
Thou in me dwelling, and I with Thee one.

Be Thou my battle Shield, Sword for the fight;
Be Thou my Dignity, Thou my Delight;
Thou my soul’s Shelter, Thou my high Tower:
Raise Thou me heavenward, O Power of my power.

Riches I heed not, nor man’s empty praise,
Thou mine Inheritance, now and always:
Thou and Thou only, first in my heart,
High King of Heaven, my Treasure Thou art.

High King of Heaven, my victory won,
May I reach Heaven’s joys, O bright Heaven’s Sun!
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
Still be my Vision, O Ruler of all."

Words: At­trib­ut­ed to Dal­lan For­gaill, 8th Cen­tu­ry (Rob tu mo bhoile, a Com­di cri­de); trans­lat­ed from an­cient Ir­ish to Eng­lish by Mary E. Byrne in “Eriú,” Jour­nal of the School of Ir­ish Learn­ing, 1905, and versed by Eleanor H. Hull, 1912.

Philippians 1:6 "Be confident of this, He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus."

Blessings ~ music ~ words ~ hymnwriters ~ heritage ~ heavenly Friend ~ High King of Heaven ~


  1. Dear One,
    These are beautiful.

  2. Be Thou My Vision is one of my favorite hymns...

  3. Be Thou My Vision is my favorite hymn and I have told my family many times I want it sung at my funeral. I particularly like this version. I have 3 hymn books and each one has a slightly different variation of the words of the hymn. Something about the picture in my mind it evokes of a warrior putting on armor and giving honor to "THE HIGH KING' makes this very moving to me.

  4. you have been praying ms. sandy. what a good thing, a mighty thing, a blessed thing, to do.

  5. Such a beautiful and wonderous hymn...THANK YOU! I have always loved the hymns since I was a little girl. There are times only when a particular hymn could soothe my soul. Not only have I hidden God's Word in my heart...but His hymns also.
    Blessings from CA

  6. beautiful cove, beautiful hymn!

  7. Be Thou My Vision

    A favorite. Enjoyed it.

  8. wow i loved your comment you left. we only have this breath the next one is a hope, multi-talented is what you are!

  9. that is beautiful.......
    thank you so much for that!
    and I love the C.S. Lewis quote - him and GKChesterton are a few of my favorite men to quote from....

    hope you are well! and thanks for stopping by the farm :)

  10. I always feel as if I have been on a retreat whenever I stop by Thistle Cove Farm...and I love your new introduction to the blog. Well it is new to me, anyway.
    And yes, Sandra, it was a short (ten weeks) summer.

  11. Beautiful, hopeful words....thanks.

  12. Peaceful feelings reading these beautiful verses.

  13. Great post! Keep up the great work!!

    ps. Link Exchange?

  14. I just love these dear old hymns! This was so refreshing...I'm sitting here drinking my coffee, feeling all warm and cozy with these inspiring old songs of old.

    Blessings to you and your your homefront pic!

  15. Welcome, Deanna - peace be upon you and your household.

    Welcome, Affectioknit - you have excellent taste in hymns.

    Welcome, Kathy - I'll have to search my hymnbooks to see how many versions I can find.

    Welcome, Lindah - AMEN!

    Welcome, Cherie - but not enough, dear heart...never enough.

    Welcome, Diana - if we hid His words in our hearts, we're never alone, are we?

    Welcome, Life is good - we're in agreement -smile-.

    Welcome, Anne Marie - you're welcome and we're in good company, reading Lewis and Chesterton.

    Welcome, Firelight - what kind words you've written me, thank you for the gift and blessing.

    Welcome, Jeanne - our hope is in the Lord...and His words.

    Welcome, Katherine - what a gift when we allow His words to minister to us.

    Welcome, commoncents.

    Welcome, Deborah Ann - thank you for your blessings, I accept with joy and am glad the post spoke to your heart.


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