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Be Thou My Vision

Be Thou My Vision

Title: Be Thou My Vision
Original: 13 x 9 inches, watercolor on Roma paper

The initials beginning each paragraph have small design elements inspired by the Lindesfarne Gospels.

The text, part of Irish monastic tradition since 700 CE., is an example of a Lorica, an incantation recited for protection in arming oneself for spiritual or physical battle. It has has become a popular song performed by contemporary Christian musicians. The tune is the Irish folk song, Slane, about Slane Hill where in 433 AD, St Patrick defied the pagan High King Loegaire of Tara by lighting candles on Easter Eve. Aside from this connection to Christianity, the folk song had little prior connection to the text.

Translated from ancient Irish to English by Mary E. Byrne in 1905.