Hail! sacred day of earthly restAuthor: Godfrey Thring (1858)
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1 Hail! sacred day of earthly rest,
From toil and trouble free:
Hail! day of light, that bringest light
And joy to me.
2 O holy stillness, breathing calm
On all the world around,
Uplifts my soul, O God, to Thee,
Where rest is found.
3 On all I think, or say, or do,
A ray of light divine
Is shed, O God, this day by Thee,
For it is Thine.
4 Accept, O God, my hymn of praise,
That Thou, this day, hast given
Sweet foretaste of that endless day
Of rest in heaven.
The Hymnal: revised and enlarged as adopted by the General Convention of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America in the year of our Lord 1892
Hail, sacred day of earthly rest. G. Thring. [Sunday.] Written in 1863, and first published in his Hymns Congregational and Others, 1866, p. 82, in 13 stanzas of 4 lines In the Appendix to the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge Psalms & Hymns, 1869, No. 314, it was given in 9 stanzas with stanza i., line 3 changed from "Hail, quiet spirit bringing peace," to "Hail, day of light, that bringest light," by Bishop W. W. How. This text was repeated in Thring's Collection, 1882, No. 65, and is the authorised form of the hymn. In Laudes Domini, N. Y., 1884, No. 92, stanzas i.-iii. and xiii. are altered from the original 8, 6, 8, 4 to 8, 8, 8, 4 measure, very much to the injury of the hymn. Full authorised text in the author's Hymns & Sacred Lyrics, 1874, p. 21.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
|Instances (1 - 3 of 3)||Title||First Line||Tune||Tune Key||Author||Meter||Scripture||Date||Subject||Source|
|Small Church Music #3067||Wreford||Hail! sacred day of earthly rest||WREFORD||Godfrey Thring||126.96.36.199|
|Small Church Music #3068||Dona||Hail! sacred day of earthly rest||DONA||Godfrey Thring||188.8.131.52|
|The Cyber Hymnal #2607||Hail! Sacred Day of Earthly Rest||Hail! sacred day of earthly rest||WREFORD||Godfrey Thring||86.84||First appeared in his <cite>Hymns Congregational and Others</cite>, 1866|