Be Thou My Vision waltz

Also known as The Banks Of The Bann, Slane.

There are 18 recordings of this tune.

Be Thou My Vision has been added to 15 tune sets.

Be Thou My Vision has been added to 176 tunebooks.

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Four settings

X: 1
T: Be Thou My Vision
R: waltz
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
D2|G2 G2 AG|E2 D2 DE|G2 G2 A2|B4 dB|
A2 A2 A2|A2 B2 d2|e2 d2 B2|d4 d2|
e2 ef gf|e2 d2 B2|d2 G2 F2|E4 D2|
G2 B2 d2|ed B2 GB|A2 G2 G2|G4||
X: 2
T: Be Thou My Vision
R: waltz
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
L: 1/16
K: Dmaj
"D"D2 D4 ED|"G"B,2 A,4 A,B,|"D"D2 D4 "A"E2|"D"F8|
w:Be Thou my_ Vision, O_ Lord of my heart;
"A"E2 E4 E2|E2 F4 A2|"G"B2 A4 F2|"A"A8|
w:Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art,
"Bm"B2 c4 dc|"G"B2 A4 F2|"D"A2 D4 C2|"G"B,4 A,4|
w:Thou my best_ thought, by day or by night_
"D"D2 F4 A2|"Bm"B2 F4 DF|"A"E2 D4 D2|"D"D6||
w:Waking or sleeping, Thy* presence my light.
X: 3
T: Be Thou My Vision
R: waltz
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
EF|A2A4 BA|F2 E4 EF|A2 A4 B>e|c6 BA|
B2 e4 AB|c2 e4 ce|f2 e4 Bc|e6 ce|
f2 f4 [a][g]|[f2] [e4] Bc|e2 A4 GF/A/|F4- FF EF|
A2 {B}c4- ce|fe c4(3ABc|B2 A4 A2|A6:|
X: 4
T: Be Thou My Vision
R: waltz
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
|:E>F|A2 A2 B>A|F2 E2 EF|A2 A2 B>e|c4 BA|
B2 B2 A>B|c2 e2 ce|f2 e2 Bc|e4 ce|
f2 a2 ag|f2 e2 Bc|e2 A2 G2|F4 E>F|
A2 c3 e|f>e c2 (3ABc|B2 A2 AF|1 E4:|2 A6||

Fifteen comments

Be Thou My Vision / Slane

I put this in as an answer to a request. It is used as a hymn tune, and like many such is called both by its opening words and by the name of a place associated maybe with its composition or use, or history that inspired it. The tune is said to be an Irish folk tune, deriving the title “Slane” from the association of Slane Hill, Co. Meath, with St. Patrick.
The tune, with an altered ending, also carries the song “The Banks Of The Bann”; the last four bars of this version go:

|G3 B AG|E2 D2 DE|G3 B AF|G4 ||

Be Thou My Vision

key of C, but we like the G7

Dallan Forgaill c. 700
Tr. Mary E Byrne
Ancient Irish Hymn (Slane)


I used this tune years ago with my middle school choir and began to wonder about it’s origin. So many tunes have a simple annotation of “Irish Folk tune.” Thanks for the additional information.


Be Thou My Vision, X:4

An arrangement of this waltz where we changed to a 4/4 measure. So, not a waltz anymore but still beautiful.

Re: Be Thou My Vision

Tune also used for “Lord of All Hopefulness” by Jan Struther in ‘Enlarger Songs of Praise,’ 1931

Re: Be Thou My Vision

The Rend Collective band from Bangor in Northern Ireland (or Norn Ireland as some people refer to it) took this tune and changed the rhythm to 4/4. Then they took the original words and added some verses of their own to turn it into a five verse religious song suitable to be played for church services. We have played this version in E Major for the services at the church I attend.


Re: Be Thou My Vision

I did an arrangement of this hymn for mariachi, in “bolero” tempo. Message me for sheet music and/or recording.

Re: Be Thou My Vision

A superb Irish tune. SK

Re: Be Thou My Vision

I like the G7 too.

Re: Be Thou My Vision

It’s been alluded to above, but in traditional Hymnody there are two separate things
Hymns: song-texts, like a poem.
Tunes: melodies.
In the world of Hymnody (which I know is a different world than folk-songs) SLANE is a tune.
Hymns (texts) sung to the tune SLANE in various churches include
-Be Thou My Vision
-Lord Of All Hopefulness
-Bridegroom And Bride
-Lord Of Creation, To You Be All Praise
-Christ Be My Leader By Night As By Day
and several others.

Re: Be Thou My Vision

This is an interesting comment Richard. Maybe one might call the words of St Patricks Breast-plate (on thesession) a folksong. Beautiful words written by the saint about the natural world. For example, … “the flashing of the lightning free, the whirling wind’s tempestuous shocks, the stable earth, the deep salt sea, around the old eternal rocks”.