Thring, Godfrey, B.A., son of the Rev. J. G. D. Thring, of Alford, Somerset, was born at Alford, March 25, 1823, and educated at Shrewsbury School, and at Balliol College, Oxford, B.A. in 1845. On taking Holy Orders he was curate of Stratfield-Turgis, 1846-50; of Strathfieldsaye, 1850-53; and of other parishes to 1858, when he became rector of Alford-with-Hornblotton, Somerset. R.D. 1867-76. In 1876 he was preferred as prebend of East Harptree in Wells cathedral. Prebendary Thring's poetical works are:— Hymns Congregational and Others, 1866; Hymns and Verses, 1866; and Hymns and Sacred Lyrics, 1874. In 1880 he published A Church of England Hymnbook Adapted to the Daily Services of the Church throughout the Year; and in 1882, a revised and… Go to person page >
All that's good, and great, and true. Godfrey Thring. [Praise and Thanksgiving.] Written in 1863, and first published in his Hymns Congregational and Others, 1866, No. 24, in 7 stanzas of 4 lines, and entitled “Nature's Harmony." It was repeated in his Hymns and Lyrics, 1874, pp. 108-9, and again in his Church of England Hymn Book, 1882, where it is given most appropriately as a hymn for children.
-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)